JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi Blood Services is suffering a critical blood shortage right now. They are declaring this shortage of blood a crisis and emergency shortage.
One major hospital is cancelling routine surgeries due to the lack of blood supply.
This time of the year is usually when there is a drop in donations. But it comes coincidentally after the season of giving.
Emily Austin with Mississippi Blood Services says, “We always see a decline in donors this time of year because generally speaking the majority of our blood comes from the high schools. Which a lot of people don’t think about. But we can park a coach there, students are happy and willing to come out and donate. So over the holidays we’re obviously not at the schools.”
A shortage like this can affect a lot of sick people in need of clean blood. Stacy Shipley says the amount blood donations can make or take a person’s life.
Shipley’s son passed away from cancer in 2016.
She said, “When Liam would be getting chemo. It would completely knock down his whole system. So if he got a couple units of blood, that child was able to sit up and play, and do things normal kids could do, as normal as he could. You know just a little bit can do a lot and it’s not something that’s gonna take very much time out of your day. And it’s going to help more than anyone can ever imagine.”
Austin says you can donate whole blood every 8 weeks and platelets every 7 days.
Blood donations usually take 48 hours to process.
Click here to get more information from the Mississippi Blood Services.
You can also call (888)-902-5663.