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9-Year-Old Jason Leaves behind an Incredible Story of Courage

02/06/2017
By Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.
Jason Aispuro survived nine years, in part from the love, care and support of his family.  Also due to the selflessness of blood donors who provided such life-giving blood donations.
Jason Aispuro survived nine years, in part from the love, care and support of his family. Also due to the selflessness of blood donors who provided such life-giving blood donations.
Navy brother Jason Aispuro, lived for nine years and brought happiness to his family every day of his life. Although he is no longer here, his family is grateful today for the time they shared with him.

Much of his life required treatment with blood products provided by blood donors. His mother, Abdy Aispuro, recently shared her son’s story.

“My son Jason passed away two years ago,” she said. “He was nine (years old) and for most of his life he depended on blood products to survive from many surgeries and (blood cancer). We will be forever grateful to all the people who donated blood. Without it, my son could not have survived past day one.”

Jason Aispuro had a rare blood cancer called HLH, or hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. According to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, “HLH is a life-threatening condition … often caused by an inherited problem of the immune system. In patients with primary HLH, cells of the immune system don’t work properly to destroy infected or damaged cells as they should. Because of this, the immune system becomes overstimulated … then begins to damage the patient’s own tissues and organs, including the bone marrow, the liver and the brain.”

“For the last five years, he required constant blood products to combat his episodes,” Abdy Aispuro said. “He got an average of two to three pints of (intravenous immunoglobulin) every two to three months. He had 27 surgeries and he always needed platelets because he also had a very low sedimentation rate. Three of his surgeries were open-heart surgeries and for those, he needed up to 12 pints every time.”

During his last HLH episode, Abdy Aispuro said her son stayed in the hospital for three months and received “so many transfusions, it was unreal.” After his last chemotherapy treatment, he received another six pints of platelets every day and four red blood cells.

“In other words, my son survived the last three months of his life almost completely dependent on donations,” Abdy Aispuro said. “We will be forever grateful for all the people that made it possible. Even though he could not survive, I look at his long nine years like a miracle every day. He fought all his life. We are blessed to live in a place in the world that has the technology, resources and donations to make this possible. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your sacrifice and love.”

Recently, Abdy Aispuro’s son, Seaman Recruit Henry Aispuro, donated blood with the Armed Services Blood Program while attending boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., as a way to thank all the blood donors who helped his little brother.

Navy Recruit Henry Aispuro supports the Armed Services Blood Program. He is currently undesignated , but plans on donating blood as soon as he arrives at his first command after graduating boot camp Feb 10.

“I know it is super important to donate blood. My brother blood products from 5 donors every time he needed treatment for his illness. I want to keep donating because everyone counts.”

“Jason survived many surgeries, including 2 open-heart surgeries, surgery to his stomach and to his intestines. My brother was always so optimistic and the strongest person I ever met. When he was the most sick, I was in college, so I was home a lot during the day. I had a lot of one-on-one brother time with him.”

“It is hard sometimes to look behind to the ones we lost,” Abdy Aispuro said. “We all share a deep bond and an immense gratitude that made their recuperation possible. I, for my part, feel blessed to be part of my little angel’s life. Thanks again, and please let all the people know that what they do when they donate saves lives and makes miracles possible. Thank them from us please; because maybe they do not grasp the significance of their gift. In reality they are giving life, and it makes a huge difference for the ones who cannot survive without it. Please let them know they are our own personal heroes.”

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.