October is Liver Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that organ transplant patients often rely on donated blood products. Liver transplant patients may need 30 or more transfusions during the surgery.
Liver transplants are the second most common transplant, with more than 6,000 performed every year in the U.S. — and more than 16,000 Americans are currently waiting for a liver transplant, according to the American Liver Foundation.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities will be in Drew County on the following dates:
A blood donation drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org oor call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.