Man’s call for platelet donations on Facebook gets overwhelming response


by Jeremy Desel / KHOU 11 News

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 6:21 PM

HOUSTON — Plenty of folks see social media as a waste of time and effort, but one man has learned it can save lives.

“My dad who really doesn’t care much for social media. I think he will now,” said David Brady. “It was a way to get people to act and to get people mobilized and motivated.”

Brady’s dad is in ICU after heart surgery at CHI St. Luke’s, but there was a problem.

“We found out how badly my dad needed platelets and how badly the hospital needed platelets donated.”

Brady went straight downstairs and while he was donating, he was posting on Facebook and Twitter, and within an hour, the first friends showed up to the hospital ready to give.

Most people know about blood donation, but blood isn’t all that is needed for patients, they also need platelets and platelets don’t keep.

Dr. Alice Chen is the assistant director of the blood center at CHI St. Luke’s.

“They only last five days so we are always at a bit of a shortage,” she said.

Right now is no different. The supply of most blood types is good, but the need for platelets is critical.

Platelets are the part of blood that allow it to clot.

”You have to have something always there,” said Stevie Logsdon who manages the CHI St. Luke’s Blood Center.

When it comes to social media it is one thing to get people to comment, but talk is cheap, the hard part is getting them to act.

But Brady is used to that, he’s the voice you hear at Texans games motivating folks to cheer.

“I was surprised at how many people showed up. Everybody wanted to help and so many of them did. I was so proud of our community of Channelview,” Brady said.

His dad made it through surgery thanks to the platelets from his friends and family.

“They are absolutely lifesavers. Not just this patient, but for many others,” said Dr. Chen.

More than two dozen lives were saved through those donations.