To the editor:

April is Primary Immune Deficiency Awareness Month.

The deficiency is a genetic defect that makes it difficult for the body to fight infections. A simple cold, a stomach virus or a small cut can become life-threatening to a child with a primary immune deficiency.

My innocent, beautiful 6-year-old son has a primary immune deficiency. He is admitted to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center every other Friday to receive intravenous gamma globulin, known as IVIG, to help him fight infections that his own body is unable to fight on its own.

IVIG is really a replacement immune system for children whose own immune system is defective. It is made from filtered human plasma from donated blood. The plasma from hundreds of units of donated blood is needed to make even one dose of this life-saving treatment.

Before IVIG, children, like my precious little Sean, died from complications of infection due to their primary immune deficiency diseases.

To those who have ever donated blood: I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You may have saved my child’s life.

To those who have never donated: Please locate your nearest Red Cross donation center and donate today.

How often can you spend a couple of hours and know the time you spent that day will save a life? It may not be my son you save; it may be a friend, a relative or the next person you pass on the street.

I thank all those who donate blood and save a child’s life.

Linda Ladden


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