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Blood drive for Brayden off to a strong start

Houchin Community Blood Bank welcomed donors on the first day of the blood drive in support of Brayden's Brave Heart Nov. 5, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The three-day blood drive to support Brayden Eidenshink began this morning at Houchin Community Blood Bank.

“Today we’re celebrating Brayden Eidenshink; we are honoring him,” Tracy Hunter, community development account manager at Houchin, said. “He’s a local 10-year-old boy who has needed a heart transplant for the last four years.”

Nearly 100 people had donated blood by 3 p.m., Hunter said. She was confident the number of donors would pass 100 by the end of the day.

Brayden was born with heart problems and finally received his heart transplant last month, but has been fighting complications.

“What happened is the new heart – they had to give it a rest, so they put him on life support to let the heart kind of rest while the rest of the organs kind of catch up with what’s changing in his body,” Hunter said.

She said that doctors were going to try to remove Brayden off life support slowly on Monday.

“That is a real critical risk,” she said.

The blood drive continues today through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at both Houchin donor centers, located at 11515 Bolthouse Drive and 5901 Truxtun Ave.

Donors are asked to wear red shirts to show their support for Brayden.

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