How The Gift Of Blood Helped A Greenville Toddler

You always hear how giving blood can help save a life. One Greenville family knows that firsthand.

Two-year-old Brady Brown seems like your typical toddler. But his father Craig says that wasn't the case last summer. It seemed like Brady's energy vanished, so they checked with a pediatrician.

Craig says tests showed Brady's hemoglobin levels were at two. Normal levels are 10 or 12.

Brady was diagnosed with Transient erythroblastopenia of childhood (TEC), a slowly developing anemia that occurs in early childhood and is characterized by a gradual onset of pallor. The treatment: a blood transfusion.

Brady's mom says that's what saved his life, and it has sparked them to speak up on behalf of the American Red Cross.

The Brown family joined the American Red Cross for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday and say they hope their story sheds some light on the need for people to give blood, the gift of life.

We hope you will consider giving that gift Thursday, as the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the WITN studio on Arlington Boulevard between 7 a.m. and noon.

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