North Louisiana has a serious problem with premature births. Whereas nationwide, one in eight babies arrive early — before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy — the rate in this region is one in four.
According to the March of Dimes website, premature babies are at increased risk for newborn health complications, such as breathing problems and even death. Additionally, premature babies also face an increased risk of lasting disabilities, such as mental retardation, learning and behavioral problems, cerebral palsy, lung problems and vision and hearing loss.
As March Madness fades into April championships, the 2014-15 journey for Louisiana Tech’s men’s basketball team has ended.
But what a great ride it was along the way.
We are grateful to have been able to be a part of another historical season as some of the biggest crowds to pack the Thomas Assembly Center in years watched as the Bulldogs rolled to a 28-8 record and National Invitational Tournament quarterfinals before it was all over.
It’s a fairly easy gift to provide. This Christmas season, Type O negative and B negative blood supply levels in our region are at an extremely low level. The minimal blood available in these two blood types is an immediate concern in order to provide for current and new patients with needs that will arise through Christmas.