Maddalena Tray’s entrance into the world in February 2017 came with several unforeseen complications. In addition to metabolic acidosis, a condition wherein the amount of acid in the blood is out of balance, Maddalena had possible brain damage, acute liver, and kidney failure. Maddalena received an extraordinary amount of blood the night she was born and more than 40 blood products during her 40-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Today, Maddalena is doing well. She continues to see the nephrologist for her chronic kidney disease and may need a kidney transplant in the future.Her family is hosting their 4th annual replenishment drive and plan to do so every year.
“We want to continue to host blood drives on an annual basis in her honor because we know how important and life-changing blood donations can be,” says her mother, Nancy. “Without the blood products that Maddalena received, she may not be in as good of a place as she is today. They saved her life.”
To schedule an appointment, visit Vitalant.org and click on the "Log In" button. On the new window, choose Donor Login (previous donor) or New Donor (haven't donated with Vitalant before). Search for group code C594 or call 412.209.7000. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.