Blood Recipient Stories
Unforseen Complications to Beautiful Miracle
I have donated blood several times, knowing how urgent the need is. I never thought I would be the one needing a transfusion at the time, though. In March of 2012, I found out I was pregnant with my son. Everything went fairly well until in November. I went into the hospital to be checked out and thought for sure they would send me home again. Due to my blood pressure being elevated, they decided to induce labor. I was going to have my baby that day! It was so exciting. After 11.5 hours of labor, they realized that he wasn't going to come naturally, so I had to have a C-section. Everything seemed to go as planned until recovery. I started losing a lot of blood and had to have emergency surgery. A hysterectomy at 24 after having your first child is not what any woman wants to have happen, but sometimes it is necessary. I had to have 5 pints of blood and some platelets after everything was said and done, but I made it. Thanks to blood and platelet donors, I am still alive, and here to care for my beautiful, healthy baby boy! It hasn't been quite long enough for me to donate again as I share this, but as soon as it has, I plan on donating again. Knowing that the life you save may be your own or that of someone close to you is my inspiration to continue donating!
A Simple Thank You
by Lisa Broom
Recently, due to my severe anemia, I had to have a tranfusion. I noticed that the blood donated was from a Volunteer. I would like to say thank you to those of you who donate. You helped save a life and I am truly grateful! God Bless You!!!
Mom's Life Saved Because of Donors
I was 41 years old giving birth to my last miracle baby...he was almost 2 months early as it was. I was having a c-section, Alexander Josiah was delivered at an amazing weight of 5lbs 9 oz..everyone was ecstatic at his weight for being so premature. We never had a clue that there would be a problem with me..but as they were "trying" to finish up my surgery there were complications...which were later diagnosed as placenta accreta...which many a woman has lost her life due to bleeding out. Well I am here to tell you that thanks to the people that donate blood, especially rare types, I am A-, and 6 units later, I am enjoying being Mom to my healthy, now 11 year old son. I started donating when I was 18 years old and then slacked off for many years...I am so thankful for those that didn't!! I am now a faithful donor of double reds...due to my blood type, and donate on a regular 112 day schedule. I am believing and thankful knowing that my blood donation is saving someone's life just as mine was. So know that it isn't car accidents and other tragic things that can happen...it very well maybe that unsuspecting mother so anxious to give birth to her new baby...and wanting to be alive to raise that child..PLEASE PLEASE DONATE !! You really never know whose life you are saving next. I thank God for all those that did that kept me alive !!
My Life Saver
My name is Lauren and I have a rare blood disorder with no cure. The only treatment is blood transfusions. I am 23 years old and I have probably received anywhere from 150-200 transfusions in my lifetime. I would die if people did not give blood and I will be forever grateful to anyone that has donated and will donate in the future! THANK YOU!!!
After an IED injured my leg in 2004, during an convoy, I found that all my donations did have an huge impact. My injuries required an need, for one unit, to replace lost blood during my first surgery. I have made sure to occasionally donate or provide plasma to return the favor. To everyone who donated in 2004 thank you for making a difference in my life.
The sweet feeling of paying back Red Cross
The sweet feeling of paying back Red Cross giving blood story March 2012
I gave my first pint of blood when I was 17 years old. I am now in the 12 gallons range. However, there were many more pints given with no record. As a boy in the 1950’s in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania blood was drawn in the name of the person for whom you were giving it. If they were lucky enough for friends or family members to donate it in their name, they would not have to pay as much as 60 dollars a pint in addition to administering charge. When I moved to Connecticut in 1966 I had given several pints before being aware of records being kept.
Then in 1968 I was in terrible automobile accident which resulted in my being in the hospital for 40 days with traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to a fractured skull, fractured jaw on both sides, lacerated right arm, ruptured intestines resulting in four feet of lower bowl removal. After a couple of days due to the inflamed stomach and ruptured intestines peritonitis to infected my body. Then my brain started to swell and I was rendered unconscious for 21 days. 31 pints of blood were pumped into me during these 21 days. One nurse told me that she and a couple of other nurses had donated their blood for me which was immediately tested so they could pump the warm blood into me, similar to the old World War II transfusions direct flow method. They said a blood line was inserted in my lower leg just above my left ankle to pump blood into and a tube down my throat to my bleeding stomach to take it out. Back then I was told they didn’t have acid blockers for GERD; therefore my stomach became one solid bleeding ulcer. As fast as they pumped blood into me it was coming back out via the stomach pump. My family was told that I may not survive and since I was registered as an organ donor to prepare them to donate my organs. I am all for donating all of my body parts, but not until I am done using them!
I woke up to a scary world. I looked out the window and could only see the tops of the trees waving in a gentle breeze. There was a strange smell that reminded me of the doctor's office. I quickly looked around to survey my surroundings and recognized that I was in a hospital bed.
I touched my jaw with my left hand since I was not able to move my injured right arm. I was surprised to find that I had grown a beard. It seemed to have grown a half foot long overnight although it was only about two inches of whiskers. The nurses cheered saying, “Welcome back.” When I asked my nurse how long I was asleep she replied, “Oh just a little while.” This terrified me because when I looked out the window to see the tops of the green trees waving in the breeze and I remembered my comment to my wife just before the accident of how the trees were only in bud and no green was apparent. I immediately thought a hundred years had passed and my family and their families were a long time dead. I wallowed in my silent anguish afraid to ask. Several hours went by; then in came my family and I cried for joy. Little did they know the real reason for my tears of joy until later.
My doctor later told me that I had put him through two years of medical school dilemmas in trying to figure out how to stop my bleeding. He said none of the scenarios seemed to work until he remembered his experience in one Navy basic training class. The Navy tested sailors’ ability to cope with fast action and when they were placed in a structure that simulated a leaking burning ship had to react to stop the leaks. He was illuminated with a flashing idea! He quickly had baby food sent up from Dietary department and pumped into my stomach. He said the food acted as a compress and helped absorb the acid. So basically he treated me like his sinking burning ship and was successful in rescuing me. This stopped the bleeding and gave me a chance.
So now I am replenishing the supply of blood I used plus extra and continuing to give whenever I can.
Frank working toward 13 gallon mark with proud 12 years old grandson David James as cheering squad looking
The Receiving End
I have been a red cross blood donor since my Senior year of high school. My first donation was a little difficult due to a moving vein, but was eventually successful and I continued to give blood through the years , even though I was turned down several times due to low iron. Thankfully, I have been healthy, but eventually I needed a surgery in December 2013. What would have been a 2-3 hour surgery turned into approximately 6. The surgery went well, but within the next 36 hours, caregivers began to realized i was going to need a blood transfusion, the first ever in my life. I was a little nervous, but starting to realize how important a blood donor really was in the life of a patient in need. After much prayer friends and family, and a two unit transfusion, I started to improve greatly, and was finally able to go home a couple of days later to join my family for the Christmas season. I thank God for the gift I received this past Christmas through a generous blood donor, and for my continued good health. If you have never given blood, and are healthy and able, please consider it today!
A Blood Donation Saved our baby girl
After a long a scary labor my daughter Molly Clare was born via emergency C-Section. When she was taken up to the nursery it was discovered that she was severely anemic. She was rushed to the NICU at the hospital and it was determined that she would need a blood transfusion. Thanks to a selfless act of a stranger my daughter was given the blood she needed to survive. My husband and I wish we could personally thank who ever donated their blood that saved our baby girl! My husband and I do not take this for granted and have dontated blood regularly since our daughter was born since we experienced first how how important blood dontation really is. Our little girl is a happy healthy 3 year old and we still thank god every day for the American Red Cross and her donor.
When I was 9 months old, I was bleeding to death in the hospital because of a rare, inherited blood disorder. The doctors didn't know what was wrong, but, as a last resort, they gave me a blood transfusion. It is because of that transfusion that I am alive today. In addition, for many years after, I received a treatment based on donated blood product that allowed me to live a semi-normal, happy life.
Now, I am a sophomore in high school. I am writing a persuasive speech on blood donation and I thought this would be a good time to thank all donors for giving me, and people like me, the chance to live my life. I am a writer for the yearbook, the manager of the fencing team, and a teenager who loves friends and life. My 16th birthday is in 3 days, and I wouldn't have been able to live the last 15 years without you. Even though your donations did not save me personally, I know that without blood donations I would not be here. So thank you for your generosity, and please continue to give. I appreciate it very much :)
Dan and Cindy
Did Your Donation Save our Little Girl?
by Dan and Cindy
When our daughter--Ainslie--was born, it was not an easy event. After 36 hours of labor, including 12 hours of pushing, Ainslie was born via emergency c-section and needed to be airlifted to the closest Newborn Intensive Care Unit, which was 900 miles away. Life in Alaska is difficult for many reasons, and on the day she was born, there was a huge storm that kept her flight from leaving for hours. Once they finally got into the air, the NICU nurse on-flight noticed Ainslie having seizures, so as soon as they landed in Anchorage, she was rushed to the hospital where they realized she was bleeding into the space between her scalp and skull--a space large enough to hold half of a newborn's blood. She was given a blood transfusion and stabilized, and today she's a beautiful and thriving toddler!
If Ainslie hadn't been able to receive that transfusion, she would have bled to death inside her own body. Were you the one that gave the blood that saved our little girl? We thank you from the very bottom of our hearts, and we will never be able to thank you enough. On our own behalf and on behalf of all NICU parents: Thank you, thank you, thank you!