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Health Check: NBC 10 summer blood drive

(WJAR)

NBC 10 News caught up with the great aunt of the 7-year-old Warwick girl who was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

Haylee Molina suffered serious injuries in early May while she was out with her mom and three siblings.

"And they were all heading to the park,” recalled Deb Violette, Molina’s great aunt.

They were walking on King Street and Greenwich Avenue in Warwick when the incident happened.

"That's when he came flying out and just went straight across the street and hit her dead on,” said Violette.

Anthony Sudduth was charged with one count of driving to endanger, resulting in serious bodily injury.

However, at the moment, the family is focusing on Molina, who has already had several surgeries on both legs plus a skin graft.

"They discovered a bacterial infection in her lower leg, so she's in a lot of pain,” said Violette.

Through it all, Molina has needed blood, and plenty of it.

"Since the accident, Haylee has already received 22 blood donations and that's an awful lot of blood for a little girl in a very short time," said Kara LeBlanc of the Rhode Island Blood Center.

While she’s making strides, there’s always the possibility Molina could face more surgeries.

Therefore, at the upcoming NBC 10 summer blood drive, “we are dedicating the blood drive to Haylee,” said LeBlanc.

"If you donate blood once, it helps like 3 people so that's a nice way to pay it forward,” added Violette.

"You can never tell when something like this is going to happen to someone,” said LeBlanc. “There are hospitals full of kids like Haylee and people who need blood no matter what the weather is."

The need for blood doesn't take a vacation, and you can do this at the blood at the Crowne Plaza on Monday in Warwick from 11a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those who donate will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, plus the chance to win tickets to an upcoming Taylor Swift concert.

Molina’s family has also set up a GoFundMe account to help offset the growing medical costs of Molina’s treatment.

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