Columbus mother tells the importance of blood donations for teen daughter with sickle cell

Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 11:52 AM EST
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(Editor’s note: This story was originally published January 13, 2021 at 11:53 PM EST - Updated January 14 at 11:46 AM on

COLUMBUS, Ga. (Great Health Divide) - Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion, according to the American Red Cross.

For one Columbus teen suffering with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are a must to stay alive.

13-year-old Taden Hudson loves to dance, whether at church or on a public stage. She also enjoys acting. But life isn’t always fun for Taden as she was diagnosed with sickle cell at birth. Every four weeks, she travels to Atlanta for a blood transfusion.

Katrina Hudson “If she doesn’t get these blood transfusions, the possibility of a major stroke can happen,” said Taden’s mother, Katrina Hudson.

Her mother said doctors found another problem with her health when she was two or three years old.

“Her blood would go into her spleen and it should have filtered back into her body. But instead, her blood went back into her spleen,” explained Katrina Hudson.

Hudson said doctors were able to correct the problem with surgery, but the blood transfusions are still top priority.

Taden is also a COVID-19 survivor. She contacted the virus before Christmas. Taden and her mother are hoping and praying people will think of her and give blood.

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