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2 Your Health Teenager urges blood donations for life saving treatment

2 Your Health Teenager urges blood donations for life saving treatment

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GOOSE CREEK, SC -

Every nine minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need.  Wesley Blumenberg of Goose Creek is one of those people. He is homeschooled because of his medical condition which makes him susceptible to infection.

'I would say it's a lot easier than going to public school.  It It's a lot more flexible than normal school. i like it," Wesley said.

Wesley's staying at home is not child's play for this 16 year old.  It is a matter of life and death.

"You have a lot more flexibility with it (school) and because of my condition i stay out a lot sometimes"

For as long as he could remember he has been working at staying well. His diagnosis is Common Variable Immune Deficiency.

"I got diagnosed when I was 2"

Basically he has no immune system of his own.

"I don't make any antibodies to fight off infections"

He requires weekly infusions of a blood product called immunoglobulin.  This helps Wesley fight off infections that he can't fight off naturally.

"So I have to get treatments once a week that are subcutaneous that I do through my leg that I can fight off infections that everyone else would get," Wesley said.

The blood donated to the American Red Cross is used to make the immunogloulin that Wesley uses.

"Without this medicine I wouldn't be alive right now," Wesley said

It's blood donations that keep him alive

"You are helping an actual person not just some random person,"

 

 

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