WAVERLY (WCMH) -- Liliana Troiano is a happy 18-month-old baby. She is always smiling and she loves hanging out with her twin sister Adrianna. Both happy babies once went through hard times.
The Troiano twins were born 9 weeks early, prompting a stay in the NICU.
While there, Liliana was diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis, a condition common in premature babies where a portion of the bowel is dying.
“Throughout the course of that situation she ended up having to have eight procedure,” said Liliana’s mother, Kelly Troiano.
This required Liliana to stay in the NICU for 8 months.
“She does take all of her nutrition through a feeding tube in her belly but she doesn't have any restrictions,” said Kelly.
Because of the surgeries, Liliana needed blood transfusions. For the second straight year, the American Red Cross and Waverly High School's National Honor Society stepped in to help, hosting a blood drive in the tiny tots, honor.
“It drives it home a little bit more and it makes it feel a little bit more personable and inspire me to give blood,” said Colton Lambert.
Liliana does not need additional surgeries. Going forward, parents Kelly and Tony, now living in Columbus, say it really touches their heart to see the students and community show their support.
“With everyone coming here to give blood it's pretty special and really nice and great on the community,” said Tony.
This blood drive shows the importance of giving back. If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/.