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The State Bank of Texas schedules blood drive for Needville HS student

Pictured l-r are: Jessica Humphrey, Mom – Jody Humphrey, Sister – Jasmine Humphrey.

The State Bank of Texas is sponsoring a blood drive on September 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Stafford branch location; 13010 Murphy Rd., Stafford, the phone number is 281-494-6686. The blood drive is for Jessica Humphrey who has been diagnosed with Immune Thrombocytopenic purpura (better known as ITP). She is scheduled to have kidney surgery on August 29. Jasmine (13 years old) will be donating platelets for her sister’s surgery.

Jessica will turn 16 on August 31. We have known the Humphrey family for over 10 years. They have had a lot of hardship and tragedy in their family and this is one way to “Pay It Forward” and help. Will you consider being a blood donor for this event? PLEASE CALL Megan Anderson to schedule a time to donate blood.

Jessica is a junior at Needville High School where is a member of the Texas High School Rodeo, Gulf Coast Barrel Racing, National Barrel Horse Association, Secretary of Texas 4-H, FFA, Fort Bend Youth Rodeo Association, she is the pitcher for the Needville High School Softball team and she is a cheerleader too! She has won the “Rodeo Saddle” several times and enjoys being outside, roping, goat tying and showing animals. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends when she isn’t busy at school, playing softball or involved with rodeo activities.

In Immune Thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) the blood doesn’t clot as it should due to a low number of blood cell fragments called platelets or thrombocytes. Platelets are made in your bone marrow along with other kinds of blood cells. They stick together (clot) to seal small cuts or breaks on blood vessel walls and stop bleeding. Without enough platelets, bleeding can occur inside the body (internal bleeding) or underneath or from the skin (external bleeding).

Purpura refers to purple bruises caused by bleeding from small blood vessels under the skin. People with ITP often have bruises that appear on the skin or on the mucous membranes. They may also have bleeding that causes tiny red or purple dots on the skin known as petechiae that looks like a rash. A lot of bleeding can cause hematomas and that is a collection of clotted or partially clotted blood under the skin and looks like a lump.

Bleeding in the brain is a result of ITP. In most cases, an autoimmune response is thought to cause ITP. Normally, the immune system helps your body fight off infections and diseases. If you have ITP, the immune system attacks and destroys its own platelets. To date, it is unknown why this happens, but it cannot be passed from one person to another. To learn or verify information about ITP you should visit with your own physician.

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