Health

Baby's Common Cold Turns Into Deadly Infection

| by Sheena Vasani
A Sick BabyA Sick Baby

Blood donations saved an Oklahoma baby from a common cold that turned deadly in August 2015.

"I think about the only reason he's here is because of the help from the donors," Dallin Spitler’s father, Austin, told KFOR.

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It began in August 2015 when the sick baby began gasping for air.

"He went from being: 'Huh, is something wrong?' to, immediately, he was gasping for air, and he just got really cold and I knew, from that moment, we needed to get him to the hospital," said Dallin’s mother, Brittany Spitler.

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Dallin ended up hospitalized for the next month, battling for life after doctors said his common cold had transformed into a deadly blood infection.

"At one point, we thought we were going to have to go to St. Louis for a heart transplant,” Brittany said.

Luck was on their side. And 36 blood donors came through for the child just in time.

“We were put on the donor list, and we're packing our bags to fly out, and it was just an amazing miracle,” Brittany added.

Dallin has now made a full recovery.

Although this baby was saved, the Oklahoma Blood Institute worries it may not have enough donors to save more lives in the future. It was hosting a blood drive on March 10 and 11.

"With Spring Break next week, we're very concerned that we'll see a decline in blood donors," said Leslie Gamble, with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

According to the American Red Cross website, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed March as the official Red Cross month in 1943, with many hosting drives across the country.

Since then, each president has carried on the tradition, with President Barack Obama making a proclamation on Feb. 29:

"I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America and Honorary Chairman of the American Red Cross, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2016 as American Red Cross Month. I encourage all Americans to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities, and by supporting the work of service and relief organizations.”

Sources: KFOR, American Red Cross, The White House / Photo credit: Breastfeeding Basics