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Release of Likeness

“We have this gift that we all can give, and you never know when you or a family member is going to need blood.”

Since Showcase Minnesota launched on KARE 11, Rob Hudson has enjoyed the guests, the many opportunities the show has brought him—and the schedule it has allowed. “My background has been TV news, where you often worked from 2:00 in the afternoon until 10:30 at night,” he comments. “Showcase Minnesota has great hours and lets me spend the afternoons with my daughter.” The show premiered on Memorial Day of 2006. A few weeks later, Presley Ann was born—making her first appearance.

“My wife, Becca, had a perfectly normal pregnancy,” said Rob. “We went in for an ultrasound at 16 weeks and everything looked normal. Presley was born at 6:20 at night and about 9:30 they brought her upstairs to be checked out. At 2:00 in the morning, the specialist let us know that Presley had been born with Down syndrome. She had a heart defect and she needed an immediate blood transfusion.” Presley had low oxygen in her blood because of a problem common with babies with Down syndrome: the heart was not functioning properly and de-oxygenated blood was being pumped back through the body.

“Once she grew big enough, Presley had open heart surgery. It saved our daughter’s life,” said Rob. “It was a rough six months, but she’s doing just fantastic since the surgery. Her recovery is just perfect. We took her to the cardiologist a few months after surgery and he was floored—the X-rays of her lungs and chest, everything looks like a normal baby.”

The experience has given Rob, who had never donated blood before, new perspective on the subject. When asked what he would say to someone who hesitated to give blood, he said, “I would ask that they reconsider. I mean, I think it is such an unselfish thing to do. We have this gift that we all can give, and you never know when you or a family member are going to need blood. Not to help out is really an irresponsible act.”

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