Students from Blood Drive found with Hemophilia

Jack Golden, Writer

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Students who donated at the National Honor Society blood drive are facing some serious consequences; Hemophilia was found in 14 students and the numbers are climbing.

The Red Cross has apologized for this, but they said they will not deal with any type of lawsuit. “I mean, it’s kinda our fault, but not really. The students volunteered for this. They did this to themselves,” said a Red Cross phlebotomist who spoke under condition of anonymity.

Students realized the issue when they left the blood drive with deep bruises, and an extensive amount of bleeding after donating blood. When students went to the nurse, the nurse took their temperature and told them to call their parents.

“I went in there looking for some help and I got my temperature taken. I was bleeding out and she wouldn’t even offer me a bandage,” said senior Ryan Vazquez. Vazquez sought a second opinion from the next best option in the school: Dr. Papageorgiou.

“I was approached by a student with a deep bruise who asked if I could diagnose him with anything and give him medicine. Why did he think I was a doctor? Oh wait…” said Dr. Papageorgiou. Papageorgiou proceeded to look up symptoms and diagnosed it as Hemophilia.

Hemophilia is a disease that affects blood’s ability to clot normally because it lacks protein. Patients with hemophilia may bleed for longer periods of time. Some symptoms are deep bruising and excessive bleeding from cuts.

Ms. Russell and Ms. Bechtold, the NHS advisors, apologized for all the problems, but will continue to set up blood drives in future years. “If we don’t do this, we won’t have any reason to make 400 posters.”

Senior Charles Sulse was one of the students drawn in by the plethora of posters around the buildings. He was eager to join until his experience went wrong.

“When I was getting my blood taken, they popped my vein. My first thought was that I was going to die. Then I went home and learned I had hemophilia,” said Charles Sulse. Sulse was the most recent person diagnosed, but the numbers are still going up.

Any students who have experienced bruising from the blood drive are encouraged to see Dr. Papageorgiou in room 207.