Local School Participates in Platelet Drive
March 26, 2007 -- Students at a Montgomery County school learned a valuable lesson today ... one that quite literally may be saving someone's life at this moment.
Now 14-years-old and healthy, Malorie Letcavage is living proof that platelet donation saves lives.
Malorie told us, "The platelets saved my life, and the kids don't know it. But they're making a huge difference in someone's, whose sick, life."
Students at Abington High School are taking part in the Platelet Drive.
Barry Overton of the American Red Cross tells us, "Platelet cells are the clotting agent in the blood. When that platelet count drops, that person is susceptible to bleeding internally."
That's what almost happened to Malorie Letcavage when she was just 3-years-old. "I drank un-pasteurized apple cider and got E-coli, and it completely shut my body down. I desperately needed a blood transfusion," said Letcavage.
Specifically blood platelets in order to under-go surgery and have any chance of surviving.
Malorie's mother, Noryn Resnick told us, "It's every mother's worst nightmare to sit on the bed of your child and not be able to do anything."
Now Malorie's mom and brother, a student at Abington who organized the drive, are doing all they can to help others. "Because of my sister's operation and because of her ordeal, I felt I could give something back, now that I could. Now that I'm 17 and can donate," said Dane Letcavage.
Platelets, which are separated from the blood, can only live for up to 5 days. As opposed to whole blood, which can be stored for 42 days. So just hours after being donated and screened, the platelets will go to someone who needs them.
This is the first time the American Red Cross has teamed with a high school to do a weeklong platelet drive. Because of just how important this is they're hoping this starts a trend with other high schools here in the Delaware Valley.
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