Blood Donor Program

This group is for people interested in blood donation. Every six minutes, a patient at Mayo Clinic needs a transfusion of blood or blood products. A simple blood donation can save the life of a child with leukemia, restore the strength of a cancer patient, or provide a critical transfusion to an accident victim. There is no substitute for this lifesaving gift, so patients rely upon the caring spirit of blood donors. Join the discussion and learn more about blood donation!

Mar 20, 2017

A Donor’s Story: Colton Receives Life-Saving Donations

By apriljosselyn, @apriljosselyn


Within weeks of birth, tiny Colton had a very distinct yellow color in his eyes, and after further evaluation—and his first surgery at six weeks—was diagnosed with a liver condition called biliary atresia. A procedure to open his bile ducts was performed to create better flow within the liver, but it was unsuccessful.

At three months, Colton was placed on a liver transplant list, and seven months later, a liver was available. The morning of July 15, 1995, Colton became the seventh child to receive a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

“It was such an emotional situation,” says Colton’s mom Kristen, “that, unfortunately, another family had to experience a tragedy—but in that tragedy, another person gave our son life.”

Almost immediately after the transplant, the white in Colton’s eyes returned, and he was on a fast track to recovery. Two blood transfusions were performed during the transplant and one post-transplant. The family remains grateful for the generosity of donors who made the blood products available when Colton was in need.

Colton’s family and Andrew’s family (the donor family) have remained close since the transplant and correspond regularly. Colton, now 21, is attending college at the University of Minnesota–Duluth and plays baseball for the Bulldogs.

Want to help people like Colton? Schedule an appointment to donate blood in Rochester today by calling (507) 284-4475.


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