Blood drive Monday for Knox County girl who contracted E. coli

Blood drive Monday for Knox County girl who contracted E. coli

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Addison Wood got the potentially deadly disease after drinking raw milk from McBee Dairy Farms and received several blood transfusions as part of her treatment. Addison Wood got the potentially deadly disease after drinking raw milk from McBee Dairy Farms and received several blood transfusions as part of her treatment.
For every donation in Addison's name, the family will be credited toward her medical bills. For every donation in Addison's name, the family will be credited toward her medical bills.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A blood drive is being held Monday for a little girl who contracted E. coli after drinking raw milk.

Addison Wood got the potentially deadly disease after drinking raw milk from McBee Dairy Farms and received several blood transfusions as part of her treatment.

An investigation revealed a strain of E. coli that matched the strain that sickened nine Knox County children was linked to animal waste at the McBee farm.

The farm was shut down for about a week during the inspections, but has since resumed operation.

For every donation in Addison's name, the family will be credited toward her medical bills.

"Oh, it's very important. I didn't realize how important it is until somebody close to us needed blood, and I'm going to donate myself to give back to somebody that might need it just like somebody donated for Addison when she needed it so it's very important," said Addison's father Jesse Wood. "If she didn't have that blood transfusion, she wouldn't have got as well as fast as she did."

If you would like to help, the drive is taking place at Valley View Baptist Church until 8 p.m. Monday.

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