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Family of 3-yr-old blood recipient looking to give back

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Dylan Wiseman heads home finally. Dylan Wiseman heads home finally.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 3-year old Kentuckiana boy has already received hundreds of life-saving blood transfusions. Now, his mother wants to repay others’ kindness.

Dylan Wiseman’s mother is now organizing blood drives with the goal of helping replenish the blood supply that saved Dylan’s life more than once.

He's only 3-years old, but you could say Dylan and his family have already been through a lifetime of pain and heartache.

“I was told on a couple of occasions, that you know, I needed to think about end of life decisions," Dylan’s mother Angie Wiseman said.

Last year, Dylan was diagnosed with aplastic anemia.

“At some point he picked up some kind of viral infection and his body had an auto immune response to it and it attacked his own bone marrow," Angie explained.

The viral infection led to a lifesaving bone marrow transplant and numerous blood transfusions. “He has had close to 300 transfusions of platelets and blood since he was diagnosed because his body stopped producing it on its own."

These days, Dylan can be a little cantankerous, but that’s a sign of progress and improvement. “His body has actually started producing its own platelets," Angie said.

She adds that she now has a new focus. "I want to pay it forward."

The Wisemans are now holding monthly blood drives with an ambitious goal.

"I've asked the nurses on the oncology staff for an exact number because my goal is that everything that he has received to donate back," Angie Wiseman said.

Lindsay English with the Red Cross says not only do they appreciate the help, but it's needed.

“For her to be that generous and turn around and want to pay it forward, it really does make all the difference,” English said. "We are still under an urgent appeal, we have been since July 22nd and that's something that happens a lot during the summer months, you know, people get tied up with their vacation or travel."

So even if Dylan isn't happy about everything, he is happy to be going home.

To find out how you can donate blood, you can also call 1-800-Red-Cross.

The next blood drive will be held on the 30th of this month from 10 until 3 at Nelson's Garage on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville.

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