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Mass transfusion at ECMC leaves WNY blood supply in dire situation


Contact: Sarah Diina, 400-7249(c),

Mass transfusion at ECMC leaves WNY blood supply in dire situation

ConnectLife, WNY’s only community blood bank, is putting out an emergency call for O

Positive and O Negative blood donors after a massive need at ECMC.

A single teenage patient at the hospital Monday required more than 20 units of O- and 30 units of O+, leaving the stores of those two blood types completely emptied at ConnectLife. It came at a time when blood donations are already at their lowest point of the year, with closed schools and summer vacations leading to fewer donors.

“Unfortunately, this shows just how tenuous the blood supply can be in the summer,” said Sarah Diina, Senior Director of Marketing & Community Development at ConnectLife. “One incident can have an incredible impact on the ability for local hospitals to have blood ready for those who need it.”

Donors over 21 in July will get two-for-one beer vouchers at local Fattey Beer locations, and all donors will be entered into weekly drawings for VIP tickets to Bills training camp.

Western New Yorkers can donate at ConnectLife centers in Williamsville, West Seneca, and Tonawanda, or at drives held daily around the area. To schedule an appointment, text GIVEWNY to 999777, visit or call 716.529.4270.

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ConnectLife helps people help others. As a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization and community blood bank, we save and enhance lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donation.


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