Rus­sell blood do­nor cli­nic ho­nors lo­cal fa­mi­ly

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The Rus­sell area blood do­nor cli­nic ho­nou­red lo­cal pa­rents who lost their new­born last Ja­nua­ry by hos­ting a blood do­na­tion day on Wed­nes­day Sep­tem­ber 20 at the Rus­sell Are­na. In col­la­bo­ra­tion with the Ca­na­dian Blood Ser­vices, the cli­nic col­lec­ted 127 units of blood, ex­cee­ding their tar­get goal of 120 units.

Man­dy Mal­lette and Mi­chael Cham­pagne lost their new­born son, Miller, on Ja­nua­ry 6, 2017 af­ter an emer­gen­cy C sec­tion 31 weeks in­to a stan­dard pre­gnan­cy. Mal­lette suf­fe­red a Pla­cen­tal abrup­tion, which pre­ven­ted Miller from re­cei­ving the oxy­gen he nee­ded. On­ly once ope­ning Mal­lette up for the C Sec­tion were the doc­tors able to dis­co­ver that she was blee­ding in­ter­nal­ly. Af­ter ha­ving lost two litres of blood, Mal­lette was trans­fu­sed with six red blood cell units, two plas­ma units and one unit of pla­te­lets. “I took so much blood that we want to give some back,” said Mal­lette. “And just raise awa­re­ness be­cause be­fore I nee­ded the trans­fu­sions, it ne­ver cros­sed my mind to go and do­nate my­self.”

Mal­lette could not do­nate this year, since it is pro­to­col to wait 12 months af­ter re­cei­ving trans­fu­sions in or­der to do­nate blood. The couple plans on hol­ding a si­mi­lar event again next year in Ja­nua­ry. “We do plan on doing so­me­thing like this again in Ja­nua­ry, as close to Ja­nua­ry 6 as pos­sible, just

La cli­nique de sang de la ré­gion de Rus­sell a ren­du hom­mage aux pa­rents qui ont per­du leur nou­veau-né en jan­vier der­nier en or­ga­ni­sant une jour­née de don de sang le mer­cre­di 20 sep­tembre à l’aré­na de Rus­sell. Man­dy Mal­lette et Mi­chael Cham­pagne ont or­ga­ni­sé cet évè­ne­ment pour ho­no­rer leur bé­bé Miller, qu’ils ont per­du le 6 jan­vier 2017, en col­la­bo­ra­tion avec la So­cié­té ca­na­dienne du sang.

to re­mem­ber Miller on his bir­th­day and we are going to make it an an­nual event,” said Mal­lette.

The Rus­sell area blood do­nor cli­nic re­cei­ved 159 po­ten­tial blood do­nors on Wed­nes­day, Sep­tem­ber 20 and was able to col­lect 127 suc­cess­ful units of blood. “What’s in­ter­es­ting is that we are usual­ly al­ways ve­ry suc­cess­ful in Rus­sell and in Em­brun – these two com­mu­ni­ties are ve­ry sup­por­tive, it’s real­ly im­pres­sive,” said Ma­ry Ann St. Mi­chael, ter­ri­to­ry ma­na­ger with the Ca­na­dian Blood Ser­vices.

Miller’s pa­rents, as well as his al­most six year old sis­ter, Ma­cy, have all been dea­ling with his loss in dif­ferent ways. Man­dy and Mi­chael have par­ti­ci­pa­ted in a pa­rent be­rea­ve­ment pro­gram with the Ro­ger Neil­son House, in as­so­cia­tion with CHEO, in which they have been able to share their sto­ry with other pa­rents who are al­so dea­ling with in­fant loss. “You don’t pre­pare for Les en­sei­gnants à la re­traite de l’On­ta­rio (ERO) pré­sen­te­ront un ate­lier sur la pla­ni­fi­ca­tion de la re­traite, le jeu­di 12 oc­tobre vers 16 h, au Com­plexe J.R. Bris­son, 758, rue Bré­beuf, à Cas­sel­man. Les par­ti­ci­pants sont priés de li­bel­ler leur chèque à Es­taRiO 45 et le pos­ter à Ca­role Pré­vost-Grat­ton, 793, che­min Au­rèle, Cas­sel­man, ON, K0A 1M0, Ren­sei­gne­ments : 613-764-2897, ca­ro­le­pre­vost@ hot­mail.com. Ti­rage d’un iPad mi­ni du­rant l’ate­lier. – Vi­cky Char­bon­neau this, when you’re ex­pec­ting a ba­by, you’re get­ting the room rea­dy and things like that and you don’t ever think of the op­po­site, of ha­ving to plan a fu­ne­ral,” said Mal­lette. The couple lea­ned on each other and on the sup­port of their fa­mi­ly to help them get through their loss, and conti­nue to do so as they are still co­ping and co­ming to terms with their rea­li­ty.

“You rea­lize that life is a lot more fra­gile and you rea­lize that you take for gran­ted a lot of things in your dai­ly life and you don’t rea­lize how lu­cky you are,” said Cham­pagne. “This ac­ci­dent, it hap­pe­ned so fast to us, and kno­wing we don’t have our son with us now […] We take what we have now and real­ly ap­pre­ciate eve­ry­thing that we do to­ge­ther now as a fa­mi­ly.”

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