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Mather Hospital Dedicates Winter Blood Drive to Six-Year-Old Girl with Aplastic Anemia

February 16, 2012

Nora Getchell Mather Hospital has dedicated its winter blood drive on Friday, Feb. 24 to a six-year-old girl suffering from aplastic anemia, a rare and serious condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells.

Nora Getchell, of Mastic Beach, the cousin of Mather nurse Patty Griffin Bernstein, RN, requires frequent transfusions of O negative blood, a blood type found in fewer than 7 percent of the U.S. population. Aplastic anemia leaves her fatigued and at higher risk of infections and uncontrolled bleeding.

The public is invited to donate blood at Mather Hospital on Feb. 24 from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm in Mather Conference Rooms 3, 4, and 5 on the first floor. No appointment is necessary. All types of blood are needed by the New York Blood Center, which annually provides nearly one million blood components to almost 200 hospitals throughout New York City, New Jersey, Hudson Valley, Long Island and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.