Health Alert WEB EXCLUSIVE: Mistakes made when trying to care for your heart

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- WEB EXCLUSIVE

Question: To commemorate Heart Health Month, you are having a blood drive that features one of your patients that benefitted from a blood donation?

Answer: That’s right. There is a constant need for a regular supply of blood because blood can be stored only for a limited period of time before use. That is why blood drives like the one on Wednesday, February 7, at UHC is so important.

Blood donations allowed one of my patients, Donald Hamilton, an 86-year-old musician from Bridgeport, to resume his full and active lifestyle, which includes playing multiple musical instruments and writing books.

While a patient, he developed an abnormal collection of blood outside his blood vessel, known as a hematoma, resulting in his need for three units of blood.

Mr. Hamilton is so grateful for the anonymous volunteer donors who saved his life, which he wanted to share his story and encourage people to donate at UHC's Blood Drive from 10 am to 3:30 pm, on Wednesday, February 7.