SPS Blood Drive Benefits Many, Including a Student

SPS students (from left) Matthew DiBello, Julian Rodrigue, and Hayden Coutrado visit Zachary Russ (center) in the hospital.

SPS students Matthew DiBello, Julian Rodrigue, and Hayden Coutrado visit Zachary Russ (center) in the hospital. (photo courtesy of the Russ family)

The annual St. Paul’s blood drive was held in late October. This blood drive benefits many in the local community and as always, St. Paul’s is helping out, especially since one of the beneficiaries was one of their own.

St. Paul’s students were visited by a representative from the local blood bank who explained that just one pint of blood can help three people.

“It was a great cause. It helped many people; I’m glad St. Paul’s had the opportunity to have students donate blood,” noted freshman Grand Robicheaux.

Nearly a month ago, on Oct. 18, SPS freshman Zachary Russ was riding his bicycle in Mandeville near Monroe Street and crossed paths with a GMC Yukon. Russ flew 45 feet at the site of the accident. Russ, suffering from critical injuries was promptly airlifted to University Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not at fault for the accident and was not injured.

Faculty member Vic Morlas and senior Chris Rogers donate blood for the school blood drive. A total of 69 pints were collected. (photo by Danielle Lavie)

Faculty member Vic Morlas and senior Chris Rogers donate blood for the school blood drive. A total of 69 pints were collected. (photo by Danielle Lavie)

Russ has already required nineteen blood transfusions for his injuries. Students from St. Paul’s donating blood with Russ’ blood type were asked to donate to assist him.

Russ returned home from the hospital on Nov. 12., is making a rapid recovery and is expected to return to school shortly, according to SPS President Bro. Ray Bulliard, FSC, who has maintaining communication with the family regarding his progress. Bro. Ray noted in his weekly newsletter to families that Russ will be in a wheelchair until approximately Dec. 1.

According to Bro. Ray, Russ suffered from an assortment of injuries, including a transverse fracture in his hip socket, multiple broken bones, and internal injuries. Bro. Ray and everyone in the St. Paul’s community remain hopeful that Russ will continue to heal and return to school as soon as possible.

St. Paul’s School would like to ask the community to include Zachary Russ in their prayer intentions for a speedy and complete recovery.

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