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Aug 27, 2013 10:22 PM by Kathy Kuretich

4 year-old blood recipient and family encourage others to give

It's a typical night at the Sobraske home. 4 year-old Sam lets his imagination take flight with his legos, followed by time on his bike, perfecting his latest trick for mom, Bethany, dad, Tim and 1 and half year-old brother, Levi.

Things were much different back in February, when Sam spent ten days at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, after contracting E-coli, which developed into a serious blood infection. He received 5 blood transfusions.

As Sam tells it, "They gave my body a drink."

That drink of blood saved his life.

"Everytime he had a blood transfusion, he just immediately, immediately, perked up," said Bethany.

"If he wasn't able to receive the donations here, then we would've had to go to Stanford or LA or to Fresno in order to get the treatment that was necessary," said Tim.

But Sam stayed on the Central Coast and got well, because of donations, locally.

"Now that I'm healthy, I can play," said Sam.

"It was a miracle for us," said Bethany, who now encourages everyone to donate blood through the United Blood Services.

"45 minutes of your day. Just 45 minutes can make a difference like this, for somebody's family," said Bethany.

"Thank you for giving my blood," said Sam.

You can donate blood for our 10th annual "Be a Hero" Blood Drive with the United Blood Services. It's happening Wednesday, August 28th at our KSBY studios in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria from 2 until 7 pm. Just bring your photo ID, and as a thank you, you'll get a free barbeque dinner.

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