Community blood drive planned for baby with congenital heart disease

Published: Feb. 1, 2019 at 7:40 PM CST
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DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The Blood Center is holding a blood drive for a Walker baby born with a severe congenital heart disease.

At just 5-months-old, Nathaniel Sparks has already had his first cardiac surgery and is expected to have another one where he’s being treated at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

Baby Nathaniel was born with Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect (CAVC), a congenital heart disease where the heart doesn’t form properly during the first eight weeks of pregnancy causing holes between the left and right sides of the heart. The condition is often associated with Down syndrome.

At least 300 pediatric heart surgeries are performed at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans annually. Blood needed for patients at Children’s is collected by The Blood Center.

The blood drive for Nathaniel is being held Sunday, February 3 at Walmart in Denham Springs, located at 904 S. Range Ave.


  • Sunday, Feb. 3
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Walmart (904 S. Range Ave.)
  • Denham Springs

Those wishing to donate for Nathaniel after the 3rd can visit the Denham Springs Donor Center at 1971 Florida SW on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • 1971 Florida SW
  • Denham Springs
  • Open Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In order to maintain a healthy and stable community blood supply, The Blood Center must collect between 300 to 350 pints of blood everyday.

Each donation can help to save up to three lives. Donors are encouraged to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before and after donating. You must have a picture I.D. to donate blood.

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