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Give 2 Live: Infant Boy Receives Blood Transfusions

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Now a mom of three, Amanda Rammel has her hands full. "It's crazy. Sometimes you laugh when you want to cry now - but it's fun."

She and her husband, Tom, have always wanted a big family... And after their first two beautiful little girls were born - perfectly healthy, they were ecstatic to learn they were having a little boy.

Jonathan Phillip Rammel, little JP, has gone through a lot in his first two months.

"We were in the hospital and everything was going fine and the doctor took him to the nursery to do his check-up and realized he looked really orange."

Come to find out, JP has the same blood disorder as his father -- hereditary spherocytosis. His body kept licing his red blood cells. "It means they get destroyed because your body doesn't recognize them, cause they're shaped funny."

So, JP became more jaundice. But under the biliruben lights, his body destroyed more cells, so he became anemic which meant he would need his first blood transfusion at just two-weeks-old. "We didn't have a choice. I'd hate to think about what would have happened if we didn't have access to that kind of blood here in Reno."

He's received two donations and might need a third.

Typically around three-months-old, babies start making their own blood cells to replace the cells that are destroyed. So, Amanda's hopeful that JP won't need much more help. But if so, she's grateful to know there are so many selfless, generous people out there - helping her baby thrive.

"I've given blood before and I didn't know how important it was until it was my own family."

"Now I have two children and my husband and I who are going to enjoy this little boy because somebody took the time to go down and give blood."

Written by Kristen Remington

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