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3-year-old in need of transfusion gets airlift to hospital

A 3-year-old leukemia patient who needed a platelet transfusion was flown Thursday night from Jamestown to Buffalo’s Women & Children’s Hospital after the snowstorm prevented her family from driving here.

Kallie Swan was taken to the hospital by Wings Flights of Hope, according to Unyts, the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center and other hospitals.

“While Unyts is thrilled that we were able to provide the blood needed to help Kallie and other patients, the supply has to be continually replenished,” the blood supplier said.

Noting that it had to cancel blood drives earlier this week becaause of the storm, Unyts appealed for blood donations – especially O negative blood and platelets.

To make an appointment, call 512-7940 or visit and click on “Give Blood.”