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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

June 16, 2003

Albany-- The shelves are nearly empty at the Red Cross Blood Bank in Albany. The distribution center supplies blood to Southwest Georgia hospitals, and right now, workers says they don't have any red blood units to send out Tuesday.

There's not much blood to go around. "Last week it was impossible, we were trying to divide up two and three O-negatives and we had orders for thirty." Dian Swafford is in charge of figuring who gets what, and on a day like today, when only half of the orders from area hospitals have been filled, it's a tough job, "The difficulty is how do you decide which hospital has a bigger need and whose patients are more important then someone else's."

"They have cut back our supplies significantly, we are working at about 60 to 70 percent of our inventory," says Pathologist Dr. Charles Hawkins. Phoebe Putney Hospital, along with the hospitals in Valdosta and Tifton, gets first dibs at the blood, since they have the most need.

But that doesn't mean the big hospitals aren't feeling the pinch. Dr. Charles Hawkins remembers when elective surgeries had to be canceled because of blood shortages, "Right now we are not quite at that point yet but it could easily happen."

What few units the Albany Blood Bank does have are being shipped out. Swafford says, "We have filled orders today, we have filled half that was requested and have nothing for tomorrow." Now, she's hoping the Atlanta blood distribution center can send some units overnight in order to meet Southwest Georgia's needs tomorrow.

To get area hospitals back to optimal level, thirty people with O-negative blood need to donate every day. Right now, the Albany blood bank gets about two or three people a day. Only about eight to ten percent of the population is O-negative, which is the only blood type that everybody can take.

Posted at 3:30 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com