Blood Drive Honoring Owen
Donate Blood and Help Others Like Owen

Nebraska Community Blood Bank’s Blood Mobile will be at Saint Elizabeth
Tuesday, July 9
Noon – 3 p.m.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call TLC at 402-219-7000


Overjoyed by the arrival of their son, new parents, Megan and Troy, were in great spirits and excited about their family’s future. “Owen was perfect and completely healthy, or at least that’s what we thought,” says Megan.

The morning after Owen was born a nurse noticed bruising on the newborn’s back, an unsettling discovery. Blood was drawn immediately to check his platelet count. The results confirmed everyone’s fear. Owen’s platelet levels were only at 9,000—healthy, “normal” levels are around 250,000. With his blood unable to clot due to low platelets, Owen was experiencing uncontrolled bleeding.

“My son was diagnosed with Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia or NAIT disorder,” explains Megan. “Basically, my platelet type and my husband’s type were incompatible which caused Owen’s body to destroy his own platelets.”

Initially, Owen received platelets from volunteer blood donors to help maintain his levels. “He had already developed a brain bleed causing mild seizures, so without platelet transfusions, he wouldn’t have survived,” admits Megan.

Since receiving donor platelets was only a temporary solution, it was determined that Megan was a compatible donor for Owen and her platelets could reverse the situation. Our NICU team worked closely with the Nebraska Community Blood Bank to arrange for the donation as quickly as possible. Less than 24 hours after Megan’s donation, Owen received his mom’s platelets. This transfusion did just as doctors had hoped and raised Owen’s platelet levels to 419,000—a remarkable number as the newborn’s levels had dropped to just 6,000 prior to the transfusion.

Today, Owen is doing great and developing perfectly. Doctors say heshould suffer no long-term effects from his rough arrival and that his platelet levels have now stabilized and remain at the normal level.

“It makes me tear up to even think about that day, the blood donors who donated to keep Owen strong and how much everyone at the Blood Bank cared about our family,” concludes Megan. “I understand it’s not very often you get to meet the families you help but I’m sure they’re all as grateful as we are for what you do every day.”

Article courtesy of Nebraska Community Blood Bank