LIVE NOW /
Watch News 8 at 10pm

Liver recipient, man who saved her life encourage blood donations in Hamden

Connecticut

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two young people, with a very special bond, are encouraging all of us to donate blood Friday afternoon.

The ‘Miracle for Maddie’ blood drive is happening Friday at St. Rita’s Church in Hamden.

The ‘Maddie’ in question, is 20-year-old Maddie Ricci who was in need of a liver transplant earlier this year.

With no donor and time running short, her mother took to ‘Facebook’ to spread the word about her situation.

That’s when, someone she had never met, 23-year-old Jaelin Highsmith, of Meriden, answered the call donating a portion of his liver to Maddie.

“We’re doing a blood drive because in the hospital Jaelin and I both had to receive a lot of blood transfusions, so we wanted to give back,” said Ricci.

“Everytime I get to see Maddie and her family it all just feels right, it all makes sense. I did this for the Ricci’s and it all worked out,” said Highsmith.

And, that blood drive will be going on at St. Rita’s Church until 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Find out more about blood donations by visiting the American Red Cross here.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

New Haven

New Haven police conducting investigation on Townsend Street

News /

'You don't want to keep rolling the dice': Waterbury activist urging people of color to get the COVID vaccine after battling the virus himself

News /

Maskless man arrested after refusing to leave a Walmart in New Haven, police launch use of force investigation

News /

New Haven's Columbus House makes meals for homeless staying at hotels amid pandemic

News /

New Haven firefighters responding to house fire in Lamberton, Arthur Streets area

News /

Hamden church holds COVID-19 vaccination pop-up site to target underserved communities

News /
More New Haven

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss