Blood drive for Jacksboro man

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By Charlotte Underwood

The Herman Bailey family has requested a blood drive on his behalf and they have appealing to the community for help.

According to Bailey’s daughter, Christy, he started hemorrhaging severely last Saturday.

“He’s having a lower GI bleed, but the doctor’s are not sure if it’s from a tear in his colon or his intestine,” said his daughter.

According to the Bailey family, Herman Bailey is receiving massive blood transfusions at St. Mary’s North, but is continuing bleeding it out.

The average blood count is 47 and Bailey’s is at 24, according to his daughters.

“He has lost half his body in blood and desperately needs more transfusions,” said Christy Bailey.

Doctors cannot perform surgery until his blood count is stable, according to the girls.

His wife Cleda, daughters Michelle and Christy and grandson Devin are requesting prayers from the community and ask that anyone wanting to donate blood do so.

The Medic blood drive will be held on Jan. 2 in the Food Lion parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

According to his daughters, anyone donating must give Bailey’s name, birth date and the hospital that he is staying at and ask that it be applied to his account. He was born March 12, 1947 and he is at St. Mary’s North in Knoxville.