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Erin Wilkins says she is able to share the love she has for her son because of the American Red Cross. Erin Wilkins says she is able to share the love she has for her son because of the American Red Cross.
December 26th, 2013 -

Erin and Wyatt Wilkins are celebrating their first Christmas in the Lowcountry together.

Wyatt was born premature earlier this year at 27 weeks.  He weighed just over 2 pounds and spent 8 weeks in the NICU at MUSC.

While it was Wyatt who struggled after he was born, it was Erin who struggled during the pregnancy.

Medical issues forced Erin to have two blood transfusions.  Her first was during her 19th week of pregnancy, her second was during the 23rd week.  Erin said the transfusions saved her sons life.

"I am positive it's one of the things that saved his life and the reason he is here."

Erin has donated blood before  but said it was scary being on the other end of the needle. "I have given blood but never thought I would have to receive it.  To be on the other end is really scary."

Erin Wilkins says she is able to share the love she has for her son because of the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross is holding "The Perfect Gift" blood drive Friday, December 27th at three different locations across the Lowcountry.  You can donate from 7:00am to 7:00pm at The Omar Shrine Center in Mt. Pleasant, Summerville Baptist Church on Central Ave. and the Red Cross donor center in  West Ashley. 

There is also a blood drive being held on January 12th at the James Island Baptist Church in honor of Wyatt Wilkins.

 

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