An eight-year-old girl and countless others will be able to receive blood thanks to a blood drive held today at TD Garden that replenished supplies.
Jacqueline Rogers, of Billerica, was set to undergo heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital last week, but was canceled due to a shortage of type O-Negative blood.
Anybody can receive type O-Negative blood, so it’s the type that’s used most, but people with that blood type can only receive type O-Negative.
After a media push, people like Jacob Nazarian, who drove up to Buzzard’s Bay, traveled to the blood drive to donate to Rogers.
“The little girl caught me. She needed o-negative and I have 0-negative, so I decided to take a trip down and see if I could help her,” Nazarian said.
Rogers was diagnosed with complex heart problems before birth and had her first surgery at just two days old.
Her surgery will now happen Jan. 22. Although she will need a lifetime of monitoring, doctors said that her prognosis is great.