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Mother grateful for blood donors after daughter born months early at 2 pounds

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

When you donate blood, you easily save up to three lives with your donation. But where does that blood go? Some of it goes to the NICU where newborn babies receive blood transfusions. 

Evette Peel enjoys quiet moments with her baby girl, La'Zayuria. She's a blessing who arrived on Jan. 1, two months early, weighing just 2 pounds, 10 ounces. 

"I prayed a lot and all I've got to say is God is good," Peel said.

The NICU at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest is the only home La'Zayuria knows. She's spent the last four weeks there getting to know her mom.

Peel visits her daughter daily for three to four hours at a time.

"She's doing good," Peel said. "She's growing fast."

La'Zayuria now weighs more than three pounds - almost a month after her birth.

She's getting stronger each day, but she doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the rest of her body.

"She's anemic, that's why she needed the transfusion," Peel said. "I'm glad she got it and I'm glad it saved her life and I hope it saves other babies lives as well."

The Hillcrest Blood Bank sent about 100 syringes of blood to the NICU in 2018.

"A lot of preterm babies don't have enough blood cells to create their own and we take some by doing lab draws so a lot of babies are going to end up needing a blood transfusion at some point during their stay," said Andrea Dossey, a neonatal nurse practitioner at Hillcrest. 

Dossey said two out of five babies who stay at the NICU end up needing a transfusion. 

"There are certain things we can do to medically manage these babies without having to give them the blood transfusion, but a lot of times it really complicates things," Dossey said. "The baby's health can really deteriorate without that blood component. We need to give them blood to help them feed better, get them off of oxygen."

Peel is grateful to the donor who helped save her daughter's life. She's hoping to bring La'Zayuria home to meet her big sister at the end of February. 

"I'm very, very thankful. All that worry is just going out the door because I know that she's okay, she's with me," Peel said. "When I look at her eyes, I see all the angels that are with her. That's all I see."

Carter Bloodcare is the sole provider of blood for Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest.

Central Texas News Now will host a blood drive with Carter Bloodcare on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donors will receive a Dallas Mavericks shirt and a BOGO ticket voucher.

For more information on Carter Bloodcare, click here

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