Updated: 06/26/2014 7:39 AM
Created: 06/25/2014 4:22 PM WHEC.com
We hear it all the time, give blood and help save a life. The Ellis family of Brighton knows just how much blood donations can help.
Ricardo and Krystle Ellis have watched their baby come close to death not once, not twice but three times. On Thursday, the News10NBC blood drive gets underway and the Ellis family has a message that is meant just for you.
Their daughter, 20-month-old Brooke, is definitely Daddy’s little girl. Her parents also call her a miracle. Krystle Ellis said, "She was born with skeletal issues, with feeding difficulties, abnormalities of the brain which required a lot of intervention when she was born. She had over eight surgeries and three blood transfusions and it was very taxing. It was a hard experience for us."
Brooke had a hole in her intestines and that led to an infection of her body. She was also connected to breathing tubes, among other things. She spent a total of six months at Golisano Children's Hospital and on three different occasions, her parents say they prepared for her to die.
Ellis said, “But those blood transfusions saved her life." Blood that was available to Brooke because someone took the time to donate.
How is Brooke doing today? Her mother says, "She is so lively! We call her our Little Spartan!" There are a lot of smiles now. The family credits their strong faith, family support and in-home nursing care.
Their message to you about giving blood? "You can not only save a life, but you can save somebody's hopes, somebody's dreams and somebody's baby."
We're asking you to share the gift of life on Thursday, June 26 at the News10NBC blood drive. The Red Cross needs donors to come forward to help boost low supplies at local blood banks.
News10NBC will be with the Red Cross at the DoubleTree Inn in Henrietta from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can sign up to make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.