Calls for help answered for Navarre woman in need of rare blood type

Northwest Florida

NAVARRE, Fla. (WKRG) — It appears word has spread, and people have stepped up to the plate to help a Northwest Florida woman with a rare blood type.

Ramona Speer was supposed to have surgery this week, but there was no O negative blood locally that was also negative for the rare KPB antigen, getthecoast.com first reported on Monday.

According to the Get the Coast report, only two percent of people worldwide could provide a potential match.

On Wednesday, News 5 spoke with One Blood, which is a member of the American Rare Donor Program. A spokesperson said three units are being sent to Northwest Florida from across the country, to go along with one unit that Speer had previously donated.

“OneBlood is working closely with the American Rare Donor Program, an agency that searches the world for rare blood. So far 3 matching donors have been found. In addition, the patient donated a unit herself, bring the total to 4 units available. OneBlood is continuing to search for additional donors.  To be a possible match a donor must be O negative and 100% of European descent”.

Doctors wanted three units for the surgery, One Blood told News 5.

The spokesperson for One Blood says the surgery is now scheduled for December 10.

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