AZ girl battling rare disorder gets 111th blood transfusion - CBS 5 - KPHO

AZ girl battling rare disorder gets 111th blood transfusion

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Mia McPoland must get blood transfusions every three to four weeks. (Source: CBS 5 News) Mia McPoland must get blood transfusions every three to four weeks. (Source: CBS 5 News)
McPoland has experienced something more than 100 times that no one should have to go through (Source: CBS 5 News) McPoland has experienced something more than 100 times that no one should have to go through (Source: CBS 5 News)
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

Phoenix-area 9-year-old Mia McPoland is no stranger to blood transfusions.

On Wednesday, she received her 111th one at Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa. 

McPoland was born with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a rare disorder that prevents her body from producing red blood cells.

McPoland depends on blood donors to provide lifesaving transfusions every three to four weeks.

"Mia is alive today because of people who donate blood," said her mom, Kristi McPoland. "Our family is beyond thankful to everyone who takes the time out of their busy day to simply donate blood."

United Blood Services said the girl is just one of many examples of why they need more donors, especially during the summer months.

"If they didn't donate then I guess I wouldn't be alive and I wouldn't be able to do the things I love to do - spending time with my family," Mia said.

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