A special blood drive for Kinsley Pritchett is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday at 1 South Bar & Grill, 2791 Highway 1 S.
Kinsley, at just 2 years old, is fighting hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) — a condition that affects the blood and blood vessels, resulting in the destruction of blood platelets (cells involved in clotting), a low red blood cell count (anemia) and kidney failure due to damage to the very small blood vessels of the kidneys.
The daughter of Heith and Amy Pritchett was one among several children who contracted E. coli at Jellystone Park Camp Resort-Yogi on the Lake in Pelahatchie in early August.
According to Kinsley’s parents, she contracted the infection and the toxins from the bacteria attacked her red blood cells, causing her to need “countless” blood transfusions to maintain her blood counts until the attacks from the toxins cease and she is able to maintain on her own.
The blood drive was originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27, but was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Donors will receive a Mississippi Blood Services T-shirt and be entered in a draw to win a free steak dinner.
For those unable to attend the blood drive, Pritchett’s donation code is EC78 and can be used to allow individuals to donate on her behalf at any drawing station.
“She started off with zero kidney function at all when first diagnosed with HUS,” Amy shared. “With the help of peritoneal dialysis she is improving greatly making urine again after a week of no wet diapers. She should eventually make a full recovery with no more dialysis needed but it will just take some time to get there.”