Family says MEDIC blood donation saved their daughter's life

Knox County family says MEDIC blood donation saved their daughter's life

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Addison Wood is a bright and playful toddler. It's scary to think the now 18-month-old could have missed her second birthday because of a brush with E. coli three months ago. Addison Wood is a bright and playful toddler. It's scary to think the now 18-month-old could have missed her second birthday because of a brush with E. coli three months ago.
"It could have went the other way had it not been for the blood transfusion. She was that weak and that sick," said Addison's father Jesse Wood. "It could have went the other way had it not been for the blood transfusion. She was that weak and that sick," said Addison's father Jesse Wood.
The lifesaving impact MEDIC has had on their family inspired them to get others to donate blood to the supplier. The lifesaving impact MEDIC has had on their family inspired them to get others to donate blood to the supplier.

By TEARSA SMITH
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An East Tennessee family says it would have lost their little girl had it not been for blood she received from MEDIC.

Addison Wood is a bright and playful toddler. It's scary to think the now 18-month-old could have missed her second birthday because of a brush with E. coli three months ago.

Addison's father Jesse said one day something just seemed off. His vibrant little girl had no energy.

"Before we took her in, she was very lethargic, and it's not like her just laying around all day. Not eating, not drinking. Just wanting to sleep. And about a day and a half of that we realized something was wrong," said Jesse Wood.

He and his wife Karen rushed their daughter to the hospital.

"The hospital didn't have any antibiotics or any medicines they could give her for the bacterial infection. The body just has to fight it. Her blood was being attacked and she couldn't fight it. And the blood transfusions helped her fight it," said Jesse.

Addison received the blood from MEDIC's stock. Jesse and Karen are so thankful the blood was ready immediately for their child.

"It could have went the other way had it not been for the blood transfusion. She was that weak and that sick," said Jesse.

The lifesaving impact MEDIC has had on their family inspired them to get others to donate blood to the supplier.

"We had a blood drive at our church. We have had some family members and friends donate outside the blood drive.

The Woods will never know who rolled up their sleeve for little Addison.

"You know people donate, and they have no idea who it's going to go to, but they just know it's going to help somebody. And if I could meet the person that whose blood she was able to use, I would be very grateful. I'd give them a big hug, shake their hand, take them out to eat. Whatever I could do to show my appreciation and gratitude," said Jesse.

Addison had to have three blood transfusions to fight her E. coli infection.

If you would like to donate, January 13 through 17 is "Roll Up Your Sleeve Week," a partnership between WATE, Star 102.1 and MEDIC. Click here for a list of donation locations.

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