Additional blood drives planned for baby Tucker

Published 12:04 am Saturday, July 14, 2012

NATCHEZ — After being forced to turn away potential blood donors Thursday because of an unexpected large crowd, Mississippi Blood Services will have another blood drive to benefit newborn Tucker Cross Hinson on Tuesday.

Tucker was born with Pallister-Killian Mosaic Syndrome, a rare genetic developmental disorder that affects different parts of the body and is characterized by extremely weak muscle tone.

While Tucker is showing signs of progress, Kayce, his mother, said he is receiving multiple blood transfusions daily.

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Facebook messages, texts and calls flooded Kayce’s phone Thursday from friends and family in line to donate blood for Tucker.

“Most people always complain about living in a small town, but this shows us that it can bring us all together,” Kayce said.

“I’m just so overwhelmed at how the community has come together to show their support that it brings tears to my eyes.”

A blood drive is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Walmart in Vidalia. Another drive is scheduled in Natchez from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Natchez Mall. Donors need to use the code DC80 or say Tucker Cross Hinson’s name when giving blood.