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December 27, 2013

Blood donations matter to patients

Twenty-year-old Julia Horninger was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma Aug. 9, said Margaret Mary Health communications specialist Kasi Christin. As a result of her condition, the Brookville resident must receive chemotherapy as an inpatient and is sometimes in the hospital for up to three weeks at a time. While Horninger is there, her blood counts drop to severely low levels, causing her to feel incredibly fatigued and weak.

Because of this, the daughter of Tom and Mary Horninger, an MMH Home Care RN, is an ideal recipient of blood. She says, “Receiving blood while in the hospital helps me to feel so much better. With low platelets, I have a high bleeding risk, and with low hemoglobin I can get very dizzy, which puts me at risk for falling. So, by receiving blood, it not only helps me feel better, it reduces my fall risk and helps me to be safe.”

Horninger is extremely grateful to those who contribute. “I would like to thank anyone who donates blood. As a blood recipient and fellow donor, I know that it really makes a difference in patients’ lives.”

Persons who want a chance to save a life may donate blood Thursday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. in donor buses at the MMH parking lot.

Donors who need more information or would like to make an appointment may contact Mary Jo Nobbe, 933-5274.

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