Remembering Gianna

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:05
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11/1/17 - Gianna passed away peacefully tonight at Hasbro Children's Hospital with her family by her side. All our love to her family and friends. Throughout her battle with sepsis, Gianna needed a lot of blood and platelet transfusions. Thank you to all who give regularly. You helped give Gianna a fighting chance, and she fought valiantly. Please continue to donate blood and platelets in memory of Gianna and for all those who need them every single day. 

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Sixteen year old Gianna Cirella, a junior and goalie on the soccer team at Toll Gate High School in Warwick, is facing a challenge far too great to overcome without the help of her family, friends, and even strangers, especially blood and platelet donors.

What started out as a sore throat on Friday, 10/13, quickly turned into something far worse, and her soccer season came to an abrupt end when she admitted to Hasbro Children’s Hospital by Monday morning.

Gianna was diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs and an infection in her blood stream. Additionally, she faces various complications of great severity and relies on several machines to assist with blood circulation and breathing right now. She is using a lot of blood products, and once she is stable, she will need surgery. Since blood takes two days to process and test once it is donated, it is possible that some of the blood given by her fellow Tollgate High School students and faculty at their October blood drive was used to help Gianna.

Gianna's family and friends say she is one of the most charismatic people you will ever meet. With a unique sense of humor, she bring laughter wherever she goes. She is a devoted friend, student, athlete, and is considered as family to many in the Rhode Island community. Her mom Tara is regular blood donor and is deeply touched by the outpouring of community support to help Gianna and many others needing blood. She wrote, "It means the world to us."

Let’s rally around Gianna and show the family we are #CirellaStrong.