Gift of life
Battling a blood deficiency, Luke Zeringue needs your help before undergoing cardiac surgery
Factor I deficiency is present when fibrinogen - an essential protein - is either absent from blood, or present, but defective. Fibrinogen is the element that’s needed for blood clotting in response to injuries. Therefore, if missing or defective, people with the Factor I may not only experience abnormal clotting, but major blood loss, as well.
Factor II deficiency, rare but not unheard of, is where prothrombin, precursor of thrombin, is present but abnormally structured. Thrombin is needed to change fibrinogen to fibrin for the use of blood clotting, so if defective, it can result in nosebleeds, bruising, bleeding from trauma and bleeding after surgery.
Luke was born with Factor I and II, and was 2 years old when he first received cardiac surgery. He was 15 for the second one.
Now, for his third operation, he is expecting a new pulmonary valve. With both of his bleeding disorders, Luke will need as much blood as possible before and after he undergoes his cardiac surgery. And the Zeringue family is asking for your help.
“They’re taking any blood type,” says Aline Zeringue, Luke’s mother. “The doctors can work with any amount, but we need donors. We need blood. Donating blood is truly the gift of life.”
If you’ve received a body piercing less than a year ago, you cannot donate. But most people who are at least 17 years of age, 110 pounds and in good health are able to donate blood.
Persons with controlled diabetes and high blood pressure, which is below 180/100, are now able to donate, too. Before donating, it’s recommended to eat and drink plenty fluids.
To help Luke, donations must be made at The Blood Center, and will be taken before and after the operation. You must have a picture ID present and state, “Replacement donation for Luke Zeringue,” to ensure the blood goes to Luke.
Those who are unable to give blood may make a financial contribution at The Blood Center Foundation, located at 315 S. Johnson St. in New Orleans, LA 70112. If you have any medical questions, you can call The Blood Center’s Metairie Donor Center at 504-887-2833 or the Westbank Donor Center at 504-263-1190
Without a tax increase, St. Charles Parish Council could be dealing with a...
Hahnville High School-based Otto Candies has made state tournament runs before...
Christi Fraychineaud’s fellow teachers at St. Rose Elementary School are trying to...
In light of recent police shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas, as well as a heated...
Former Destrehan High School teacher Shelley Dufresne, who pleaded guilty to having...
The Benefit Golf Tournament for Chad Grosch will take place Saturday, Aug. 20 at...
Craig's Barber Shop has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years. We do men, women, and children's haircuts. Come in and enjoy that unique barber shop experience! Walk in and relax a while with Craig, Cheryl, and Angel!
St. Charles Parish Council to consider tax increase - 1074 views
Without a tax increase, St. Charles Parish Council could be dealing with a projected $550,000 budget shortfall next year.