First of two blood drives set for Wednesday in Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN, Mo. (KPLR) – The American Red Cross in the Missouri – Illinois region will hold blood drives in Bowling Green, Mo. in honor of a woman who barely survived childbirth.
On the agency’s website, officials say Leala McClurg delivered a healthy baby in November 2013. But, the surgery left the woman fighting for her life for almost a month. Some of that time was spent in a medically-induced coma. Still, the Red Cross says McClurg was grateful for the more than 50 units of blood and platelets she got during her hospital stay.
“If I hadn’t have gone into the hospital for that check up and if that blood hadn’t been available, I wouldn’t be here today,” McClurg said in a statement from the agency. “I think everyone should donate blood because you never know who is going to need it.”
You can get more information and make an appointment to donate blood. Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Donors need to do a few things before giving:
-Bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification
-Be 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states)
-Weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health
-High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to -meet certain height and weight requirements.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1 to 6 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
205 W. Centennial Ave.
Bowling Green, MO  63334
(573) 324-2477

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bowling Green High School
700 W. Adams
Bowling Green, MO  63334
(573) 324-2181

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