Saturday 15 June, 2019

Sagicor team members support blood drive for premature babies

Sereka Sterling, Founder of the Preemie Foundation of Jamaica, gifts Otis Hamilton, Sagicor Life Financial Advisor, with a sticker thanking him for his donation of blood at a blood drive hosted by Sagicor Life.

Sereka Sterling, Founder of the Preemie Foundation of Jamaica, gifts Otis Hamilton, Sagicor Life Financial Advisor, with a sticker thanking him for his donation of blood at a blood drive hosted by Sagicor Life.

Sagicor team members and members of the public recently supported a blood drive on behalf of babies born prematurely, donating a total of 36 pints of blood which can potentially save the lives of up to 288 babies.

The blood drive, hosted by Sagicor Life Jamaica in partnership with the Preemie Foundation of Jamaica and the National Blood Transfusion Service was held at the R. Danny Williams Building in New Kingston on Wednesday, May 15.

Founder of the Preemie Foundation of Jamaica, Sereka Sterling, expressed gratitude to the Sagicor team members and visitors who made time to support the cause.

“We are forever grateful to Sagicor Life for doing this. Many parents have had to go through the experience of seeing their child in need of this life-saving support and I am happy that we will help give them the joy of seeing their babies get the help they need,” she said, noting that one pint of blood can benefit up to eight premature babies.

Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits Division, Sagicor Life, Willard Brown, noted that Sagicor Life facilitated the initiative out of a commitment to creating a culture of wellness in the community it serves.

“We understand and empathize with parents of premature babies as it can be a challenging experience for parents and families. At Sagicor Life, we are always looking for ways to serve our community, and we are proud of our many caring team members who are so willingly giving their support,” he said.

Blood transfusions are typically used in children born prematurely to increase the number of red blood cells that carry oxygen to body tissues, including the brain and heart. It is usually needed in an emergency to replace blood loss from anaemia which could lead to shock or death.

Other benefits of blood transfusion in newborns include improved feeding, less respiratory distress, less apnea (where breathing is interrupted), less trauma to the brain, and early discharge from the intensive care unit.

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