Blood drive planned June 13 for local woman suffering rare disorder

From Staff Reports

Jun 3, 2007 - Central Baptist Church will be hosting a replacement blood drive Wednesday afternoon, June 13, for church member Angela Carr, who suffered disseminated intravascular coagulation during childbirth.

DIC, as it is referred to, can be a very serious illness when associated with childbirth when the mother suffers severe hemorrhaging and requires large amounts of blood to survive.

The ailment is so rare that the doctor who treated Carr indicated that, in his 26 year of practice, he's only see three cases of DIC. Carr is the only one of his three patients to survive, Carr's mother told blood drive organizers.

According to Medline Plus' website, DIC "is a serious disorder in which the proteins that control blood clotting are abnormally active," and instead of "localizing" clotting in the injured area, activates blood clotting mechanisms throughout the body.

Pregnancy complications could result in bleeding, possibly from multiple sites in the body, blood clots and sudden bruising. In order to treat it, blood clotting factors will be replaced with plasma transfusions.

Carr's daughter, London Alexandria, was born Thursday, May 17, at Titus County Regional Medical Center. While London was OK following the birth, her mother was not; she began hemorrhaging severely. She was sent to Baylor hospital in Dallas and required more than a dozen pints of replacement blood to battle the DIC.  She has since returned home and is recovering, but incurred a number of medical bills as a result.

Carr's church family at Central Baptist will be hosting the blood drive for her June 13 to help replace the blood given to her. Although the blood drive will be conducted form noon to 7 p.m. that Wednesday, church organizers are asking that those planning to donate blood, when possible, to call the church office in advance to schedule times to give. This also helps Stewart Regional Blood Center know how many technicians to send.

In addition to London, Angela and husband Brad have two other children, Braden and Trenton Carr. The family operates a farm, where Angela often does book work when not caring for their children.

For more information about the blood drive or to schedule an appointment to give blood, contact the church office at 903-885-3660.

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