QC mother holding annual blood drive to honor infant son who died at 17-days-old

Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 4:36 PM CDT
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Moline, Ill. (KWQC) - The “Acts for Abraham” annual blood drive is happening September 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverside United Methodist Church in Moline, located at 712 16th St.

To sign up for a time to donate, click this link.

To learn more about blood donation and where you can donate, click here for more information from ImpactLife.

“We knew from our 20-week anatomy scan that he had congenital heart defects,” said Tina Greer, mother of Abraham.

Tina Greer and her husband welcomed Abraham Isaiah Greer on September 22, 2014.

With proper surgeries to treat the heart defects, doctors were confident Abraham would have a good quality of life.

Once he was born, doctors found more complications.

“He didn’t have a spleen, so we knew that infection fighting was going to be difficult for him. He also had a couple other heart defects we weren’t aware of prior to his birth,” said Greer.

At less than 24 hours old, baby Abraham had a stent procedure done, giving him a 20 percent chance of surviving.

Abraham was a super hero, beating the odds and survived the procedure.

His family called him “batman.”

“His vitals and stats, everything looked great after that, considering he was still on oxygen, but everything, he stabilized and he was doing really well,” said Greer.

Abraham’s family was able to visit as he recovered, including his aunt, Allie.

“I got to go back and see him. And I remember taking videos of this sweet, dark-haired boy with little fuzzy mohawk down his head and these little squinty faces down his head and it was just precious,” said Allie Bennett, Abraham’s aunt.

Doctors went ahead with Abraham’s first open heart surgery.

“The surgery itself went really well, however he did not recover from that surgery.”

After consulting with baby Abraham’s care team, the family made the difficult decision to take him off life support.

He died in his parents’ arms on October 9, 2014.

“I threw myself into anything I could think of to memorialize him in some way after he died.”

Years later, that included teaming up with ImpactLife for the “Acts for Abraham” blood drive.

“I want him to have as many donations as possible. I want to be able to help as many other people as possible. I know this is really important to my sister.”

“there’s been critical blood shortages. And I’ve seen firsthand what they do with the blood that they, that they gathered. Had there have not been blood, we wouldn’t have had the 17 best days of our life. If there wasn’t blood for Abraham’s blood transfusions, he would have died night one.”

ImpactLife says there is an increased need of blood after decreased donations this summer through the Labor Day holiday.