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Family of Badly Burned Boy Pleads for Blood [Type O-, 100% burned]
Star Tribune ^ | 12.19.05 | Bob Von Sternberg

Posted on 12/19/2005 4:28:38 PM PST by wallcrawlr

The family of a 5-year-old boy from Braham who was severely burned last week is pleading with the public for blood donations such as the ones that have been used to treat the boy.

Sky Williams remains in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center after he suffered third-degree burns over nearly 100 percent of his body.

"Sky's getting all the blood he needs, and the family's request came out of their hearts," said Dr. Elizabeth Perry, associate medical director of the Minneapolis-based Memorial Blood Center. "They just wanted to say help us."

Somewhat complicating the boy's case is that he has O-negative blood and can receive transfusions of only that type. No other blood type has such a limitation. About 7 percent of the U.S. population is O-negative.

During skin graft surgery performed Saturday, he received several blood products, Perry said.

He was burned late Thursday morning when his father briefly left him alone at home. A lit candle ignited his shirt.

Sky's great-grandmother, Billie Williams, told WCCO-TV: "He's fighting for his life, and he needs blood - a lot of it. There's going to be a lot of surgery down the road."

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1 posted on 12/19/2005 4:28:39 PM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr

If you can help...


2 posted on 12/19/2005 4:29:11 PM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: wallcrawlr
MY God, 100% of his body???

Prayers for the little fellow.

3 posted on 12/19/2005 4:31:18 PM PST by mware (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.")
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To: wallcrawlr

^


4 posted on 12/19/2005 4:33:55 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (The problem with being a 'big tent' Party is that the clowns are seated with the paying customers.)
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To: wallcrawlr
He was burned late Thursday morning when his father briefly left him alone at home. A lit candle ignited his shirt.

Best of wishes to this small child, as for as his father, what was going through his head to leave a 5 year old alone at home with candles lit, is beyond me.

5 posted on 12/19/2005 4:34:43 PM PST by mosquewatch.com (To be more politically correct in this post we are not fighting Islam, but terror ;))
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To: wallcrawlr

We really need to pray for this child and his family....with burns to that extent he will not survive. This such a tragic story.....so prayers up for his family


6 posted on 12/19/2005 4:34:43 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: wallcrawlr

Can the blood be shipped from another MN location?


7 posted on 12/19/2005 4:36:16 PM PST by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: cibco

I believe it can.


8 posted on 12/19/2005 4:42:07 PM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: wallcrawlr

Poor kid.


9 posted on 12/19/2005 4:48:49 PM PST by Arpege92 ("When the wise is pointing to the moon, the frog looks at the finger.")
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To: wallcrawlr


3rd degree over 100% of his body!!!! can anyone survive that...and would they want to. How horrible for the little guy.


10 posted on 12/19/2005 4:49:56 PM PST by SouthernFreebird
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To: wallcrawlr

I'm O negative.
Can I go to my local blood bank here in Pennsylvania and say it's for him?


11 posted on 12/19/2005 4:51:22 PM PST by katnip
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To: SouthernFreebird

I hate to say it, but there is little chance he will survive and I am not sure that the doctors are doing him a favor by extending it. Prayers sent that God's will be done.


12 posted on 12/19/2005 4:53:51 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: katnip

Kat, I think you can request the blood be sent to him.


13 posted on 12/19/2005 4:54:07 PM PST by mware (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.")
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To: wallcrawlr

Sky Williams

The family is also on a fixed income and in need of financial assistance to get to and from the hospital. If you'd like to help, donations are being accepted in Sky Williams' name at 811 Central Drive West; Lot 45; Braham, MN 55006.

14 posted on 12/19/2005 4:54:13 PM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: mosquewatch.com
(WCCO) A 5-year-old boy is in critical condition with burns over most of his body, and his family is asking for the public's help in donating blood. Sky Williams is recovering in the Hennepin County Medical Center burn unit after having surgery Saturday morning.

Williams was playing with a lit candle Thursday in his Braham, Minn. house when his shirt caught fire. At the time, he was alone with his 3-year-old sister in their mobile home while his father was across the street at a relative's home.

When his father saw flames, he ran back and covered Williams with snow. Paramedics said he saved the boy's life.

Williams' grandmother and great-grandmother are caring for the boy's sister and brother while his parents stay with him at the hospital. "If you've never seen this, you can never forget it," said Billie Williams, the boy's great-grandmother. "As it stands, he's got about a 50-50 chance, so every second is precious."

Only the top of Williams' head and the bottom of his feet weren't burned, so he'll need much more medical treatment.

"He's fighting for his life, and he needs blood -- a lot of it," Billie Williams said. "There's going to be a lot of surgery down the road." Family members said the boy's blood type is O-negative. As blood banks run short at this time of year, family members asked people of all blood types to donate; even if they're not able help Sky Williams, they could help others.

The family is also on a fixed income and in need of financial assistance to get to and from the hospital. If you'd like to help, donations are being accepted in Sky Williams' name at 811 Central Drive West; Lot 45; Braham, MN 55006.

15 posted on 12/19/2005 4:56:08 PM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: wallcrawlr

Nice of you to post this story...

I thought O was the most common blood type?
100% burned? 2nd & 3rd degree?


16 posted on 12/19/2005 4:57:51 PM PST by Nothometoday
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To: katnip

From the article it said they are getting the needed blood from blood banks.

So stocking that type blood from anywhere seems critical.

Thats my guess.....?

Hopefully someone much smarter on blood donations issues posts up.


17 posted on 12/19/2005 4:58:00 PM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: mware

Ok, thanks. I'll go tomorrow.
It's been too long since I've donated anyway and I think anyone can receive blood from me.


18 posted on 12/19/2005 4:58:28 PM PST by katnip
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To: Nothometoday

third-degree burns over nearly 100 percent of his body.


19 posted on 12/19/2005 4:58:56 PM PST by wallcrawlr (Pray for the troops [all the troops here and abroad]: Success....and nothing less!!)
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To: katnip

Yeap O is the univeral donor, but only type O can receive from type O.


20 posted on 12/19/2005 5:00:22 PM PST by mware (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.")
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To: wallcrawlr

Oh Lord...please watch over this young one.


21 posted on 12/19/2005 5:02:15 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: Nothometoday
"I thought O was the most common blood type?"

I think O positive is the most common type (it's my own). This concerns O negative.

22 posted on 12/19/2005 5:02:49 PM PST by Irene Adler
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To: Nothometoday
O is a more common type, but the boy is O-.

The RH factor is the problem. If he get blood that is + his body will not accept it.

23 posted on 12/19/2005 5:03:12 PM PST by mware (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.")
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To: wallcrawlr
I emailed WCCO asking for procedures on donations from distance locations. I'll post their reply if I get one.
24 posted on 12/19/2005 5:10:24 PM PST by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: wallcrawlr

It might help if the blood banks lifted some of those crazier restrictions. I used to donate regularly, until a couple years ago, when I was told that I was suddenly ineligible to donate. Something to do with mad cow disease and me having lived in Europe back in the 1980's. Good grief! If I were infected, wouldn't I have found out by now???


25 posted on 12/19/2005 5:13:50 PM PST by Nathan Jr.
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To: wallcrawlr

This is so heart breaking...Prayers for this little guy that he will receive the blood and corrective surgery that he so badly needs as soon as possible. I also wish for a miracle that he will not feel any more pain.

In Jesus' name
Amen.


26 posted on 12/19/2005 5:14:26 PM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
I also wish for a miracle that he will not feel any more pain.

Amen

27 posted on 12/19/2005 5:15:48 PM PST by mware (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.")
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To: wallcrawlr

Very sad to hear, I hope this kid is able to make it through alright.


28 posted on 12/19/2005 5:19:14 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Donna Lee Nardo; All

Please, Lord, don't let this child feel anymore pain.
Help him and his family survive this.


29 posted on 12/19/2005 5:19:20 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: wallcrawlr
3rd degree burns over the entire body are not survivable, nor would any rational person wish to survive such a horrific injury. Keeping him alive is cruel torture.

Dying of blood loss is not a bad way to go, sort of like freezing to death or kidney failure. It beats suffering weeks of agonizing pain and then succumbing anyway to an infection, which is what the future holds for this boy if his blood is replaced.

This boy's life is over, bless his poor innocent soul. He should not receive any more blood, and should be kept pain-free on heavy opioid analgesics until he inevitably slips away.

-ccm

30 posted on 12/19/2005 5:55:12 PM PST by ccmay
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To: Donna Lee Nardo

I second your post. No more pain for this youngster. Prayers asking for a miracle.


31 posted on 12/19/2005 6:10:53 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than anyone will ever know. He's A++)
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To: ccmay

Wow. Your post brought tears to my eyes.


32 posted on 12/19/2005 6:11:44 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than anyone will ever know. He's A++)
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To: wallcrawlr
I am of this blood type. If anyone can tell me how I can get blood to this family please freep mail me.
33 posted on 12/19/2005 6:15:06 PM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Embrace peace- Hug an American soldier- the real peace keepers.)
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To: Nothometoday

"O" is the most common type of plood. It's the "negative" part that is rare.


34 posted on 12/19/2005 6:25:57 PM PST by It's me
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To: ccmay

I have to agree with you.


35 posted on 12/19/2005 6:27:07 PM PST by It's me
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To: wallcrawlr

I'm O- and I have given blood alot. How can I help?


36 posted on 12/19/2005 6:30:47 PM PST by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: SouthernFreebird

I know that I will be castigated, but it probably would be a blessing to let him go. He is just going to be an experimental lab rat...lets see how far we can take him... to the medical team.

There are some things more terrible than death.


37 posted on 12/19/2005 6:42:58 PM PST by Chickensoup (Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Chri)
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To: robertpaulsen
The family is also on a fixed income and in need of financial assistance to get to and from the hospital. If you'd like to help, donations are being accepted in Sky Williams' name at 811 Central Drive West; Lot 45; Braham, MN 55006.

BTTT

38 posted on 12/19/2005 6:57:29 PM PST by Mojave
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To: ccmay

Sadly; agreed. I don't think I would want my child to survive if he were that badly injured. I've seen enough pictures of burn victims and heard of the agony they go through in the burn treatment center as they clean up the dead skin from the burns. I pray that the family will have the courage to decide to let him go. And for that poor father, too. I can't imagine the guilt he must feel and how this whole episode is tearing that family apart.


39 posted on 12/19/2005 7:43:09 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: It's me

I'm O- but I'm in Texas. Can they get it there??


40 posted on 12/19/2005 7:48:13 PM PST by Antoninus II
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To: wallcrawlr

Please God, Have Mercy on this little one and his family.


41 posted on 12/19/2005 7:57:07 PM PST by two23
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Prayers for this little boy


42 posted on 12/19/2005 8:34:35 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: wallcrawlr

What Blood Type Can Donate Blood to Me?**

 

CAN RECEIVE
O -** O + B - B + A - A + AB - AB

B
L
O
O
D

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AB 
AB -        
A +        
A -            
B +        
B -            
O +            
O -              

43 posted on 12/19/2005 8:43:27 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: katnip

I'm almost positive you can.


44 posted on 12/19/2005 8:45:53 PM PST by Howlin (Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts. - GWB, 12/18/05)
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To: krunkygirl

Sad. About the best anyone could hope for is some other family's 5 year old with the same tissue and blood type dies, and they harvest his skin, and skin Sky alive and transplant the other kid's skin on to him.

This is pretty horrific. I'm not sure I would want to live were I him.

OTOH, medical science is advancing rapidly, perhaps there is an effective treatment right around the corner.

Until then, morphine is good.


45 posted on 12/19/2005 8:46:44 PM PST by null and void (Peace on Earth. Death to the Terrorists...)
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To: Howlin

What's the quickest way to find out your blood type? I'm pretty sure I'm O, but not sure on the +/- stuff.


46 posted on 12/19/2005 8:47:07 PM PST by rintense
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To: rintense

You have to have it typed, but it only takes a few minutes at any doctor's office or blood bank.


47 posted on 12/19/2005 8:48:51 PM PST by Howlin (Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts. - GWB, 12/18/05)
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To: rintense

People with O Rh Negative blood are considered universal donors because patients of all blood types can receive O Rh Negative blood.


48 posted on 12/19/2005 8:50:56 PM PST by Howlin (Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts. - GWB, 12/18/05)
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To: wallcrawlr

Prayers all around. I've never heard of anyone surviving burns this severe.


49 posted on 12/19/2005 8:54:09 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Borax Queen; sweetliberty

how awful. Sad ping.


50 posted on 12/19/2005 8:55:53 PM PST by nicmarlo
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