Blood Recipient Stories
My baby girl has her mommy!
Thanks to your wonderful organization and the generosity of blood donors, I'm able to share my story and raise my beautiful baby girl. January 11, 2012 is a bittersweet day for me ... it's the day that I became a mom, but it's also the day that I almost lost my life and the ability to ever carry children again. After a wonderful pregnancy and relatively seamless delivery, I was rushed to emergency surgery because of a hemorrhage. During nearly six hours of surgery, three surgeons worked diligently to stop the bleeding. At one point, the hospital chaplain was called to sit with my family after they were told that I probably wouldn't make it. As the last (and only) option to save my life, the doctors removed my uterus. I spent three days in the Intensive Care Unit before returning to my baby girl in the Maternity Center. During the course of my operation, I received 15 units of blood, 12 units of frozen plasma, and a 3-pack of platelets. Through research and conversations with my doctors, I now understand the rarity and serious nature of my blood transfusion. While I believe in miracles, I also believe that I'm here today because of the skilled medical professionals and gracious blood donors that saved my life. As we get ready to celebrate all that we're thankful for, I can't help but tear up when I think of how grateful and thankful I am for the blood donors who volunteered their time to give the gift of life. Since my transfusion, I have become an advocate for blood donations and drives. Next month, my company will host its second blood drive at our office, and I've also shared my story on local news stations to suppord Blood Donor Drives. I hope that my story will inspire and educate people on the importance of blood donation, which will ultimately save lives (like mine!). My family and I are forever grateful. If my daughter could talk, she'd say "Thank You!"
Without donors, my brother, sister and I wouldn't be alive today.
Having a genetic blood disorder the three of us require blood product to stop any bleed we have, including something as simple as a nosebleed. For us it could last 12 hours without the help of medicine which is comprised of blood product. Knowing we have this makes us know there's always a chance to have complications and bleed out. I remember having my menstrual cycle for 2 months straight. I was in college and took finals early to go home for a scheduled blood transfusion since I had lost too much blood. I then went home, the night before my scheduled transfusion the last thing I remember was standing up to greet my brother. I woke up in an ambulance. I had passed out, my brother caught me and I was being rushed to the hospital. Waking up I saw my brothers girlfriend, my mom was too upset to drive so my brother was with her driving behind the ambulance. Being me, I made jokes but inside I knew I was in trouble... I knew I had never felt like this it was hard to stay awake. I received 4 pints of blood and physically couldn't keep my eyes open until I had 2 pints of blood in. Without the generous donations from people I know I would have died that night. And everytime I bleed I thank all donors because those platelets save my life monthly. Without donors I don't know what my life would be...my entire family thanks each and every person who donates. It's the easiest thing a person can do that means saving a life!!
Blood Donations Saved My Life
In the month of October in 2006 I had abdominal surgery. I went home the next day to recover. I am a red head and I've always heard that red heads have a problem with blood not clotting as easily as others do. I remember me being home and feeling dizzy. My husband had to keep changing the bandages because they kept getting drenched in blood. This went on for almost a week...I was to the point that my gums were the same color as my teeth...my heart rate was 130 and I felt anxious with a sense of impending doom. At 3:00 am one morning I was woken up with such a feeling of dread.. something told me to go to the ER. I didn't wake up anyone (now I know how stupid that was), I just walked slowly to the car and made the 3 mile drive to the hospital. In triage an alarm went off during the O2 and heart rate check..the alarm sensor said "weak pulse". They got some blood work to see what was going on.. in 20 minutes there was the most awful sounding telephone ring..it was the lab and the doctor said it rings like that when they get a critical result, but in my case they had made a mistake and had to get another sample because according to the results I would not even be conscious if it were right. So, they took more blood and sent it to the Lab. In 15 minutes I heard the same horrible sounding telephone ring.. I knew in my heart I was in trouble... the doctor came around the corner, and into my room with a scared look on his face and told me the results were right. My hemoglobin was 4.2 and my hematocrit was 12.8. I was on the verge of dying. The doctor said I needed a blood transfusion immediately...I figured it was time I called my husband, so I did. When he answered he didn't even know I was gone from the house... after his initial shock of me being in the hospital he was there in 15 minutes. When the doctor came in I told him that I wanted my husband's blood because we had the same type. He looked at us and said "but that's a 3 day turn around time", he said "You don't have 3 days"... within 2 hours I was getting my first unit of blood. I ended up getting 5 units of blood...I am so thankful to the people that gave their time and blood to help people like me. If it had not been for the blood I received that day, my children would be without a mother, my parents without a daughter, and the medical field without one more nurse. I am proud to be able to say thank you AND be in a position that I can help others in the same situation.
It saved my life
In march of 2011 I was having a normal day. Cleaning the yard playing with my child until i felt something inside of me cramp up and began to feel a small gush of something. I immediately ran inside and of course instantly sat on the toilet. I waited a few minutes but the blood just began to get stronger. My husband had me rush to the ER. At that time we only lived about 5 minutes driving from the Hospital closest to us. By the time those 5 minutes went by my entire lower body was saturated with blood. I walked into the ER crying and they immediately took me in. I waited a long time and was hemmoraging losing so much blood. They couldnt get it to stop. I remember lastly passing out and even the nurses were afraid I wasnt going to make it. I had to get 3 bags of blood. That literally saved my life that day. If it wasnt for amazing donors I would not be alive today to help others as those have helped me or spread the word of donation. I wouldnt be able to watch my amazing son grow up. Thank you so much for your donations.
Thank you for saving my life
I was 17 years old when I found out I was pregnant. I was young and scared, but to me I was destined to be a mommy. I had her in December of 2010 and I had a C-section because I was tiny and her head was big. Just to let you know im 4'11" so yes I'm small. Anyway, through the procedure I was losing a lot of blood, I felt like I wanted to pass out because my eyes kept going back. The nurses kept asking me if I was OK and I kept saying "yes I'm OK, just tired." After the procedure I went back to the nursery room and a couple of hours later the doctor came in the room and told me that I looked pale. I told him that I was very tired and he said that he was going to check my iron and see what was going on with me. A couple of hours later the doctor came in and told me that I was anemic, that I had lost a lot of blood. and they would have to give me two quarts of blood to save my life. He said that if I was in my 30's that I would of had a heart attack and probably would have died. After the blood was going insde my system for 2 hours I looked way better. I JUST WANT TO THANK THE PEOPLE WHO SAVED MY LIFE, CAUSE IF IT WASNT FOR YOU, I WOULDNT BE HERE WITH MY LIL GIRL AND HUSBAND (who's her daddy). THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!
American Red Cross saved my sons life
my son Kenneth was born at 26 weeks which is 14 weeks early an while being in the nicu for 3 months as a preemie baby they have problems which could be a brain bleed or a stomach bleed an my son had a stomach bleed that was really really bad he had over 14 blood transfusions an 4 platelets transfusions he was a very sick boy but thanks to the red cross an everyone who donates my son is a very healthy 9 year old boy !
A Stranger Saved My Life
On August 21, 1996 I had my first daughter, Kristina. During delivery there were some complications (I’ll spare you the “gory” details); but the bottom line was I hemorrhaged to the point of being unconscious. I had lost so much blood that my body was unable to replenish the blood on its own. Kristina was fine thank goodness, but I was pretty bad. I was so weak from the blood loss that I literally could not move or take care of her.
Two days later I was transfused with two pints of blood before being taken to surgery, during which I hemorrhaged more and received another two pints. The surgery went fine, but a few years later I found out that the doctor told my family that I might not make it. I was in such shock afterwards that I literally do not remember the first two months of “Teen’s” life.
Thanks to a generous person I was able to receive the blood transfusions that literally saved my life.
Now I am asking you to spend one hour of your time to save someone’s life. Teen and I thank you in advance
Diverticulitis Emergency Surgery
I near about died back the week of April 16th. If it wasn't for my doctor at the time. I went to him on the 16th of April for an exam . He told me I didn't look good I told him. I don't feel well I had a knot by my lower left side near my belly button . After the exam he sent me to get an ultra sound. They did a vaginal and a belly . Then my doctor sent me to the ER. I had abscessed Diverticulitis, Fistula, a hole in my colon, and a hole in my bladder ,and massive infection. This is why I near about died.. I had emergency surgery on the 22nd of April…That week after my surgery I was given two pints of blood..Now I am home recovering..Hoping to go back to work..
It's the "Gift of Life"...I know, because I've had it TWICE!
I was severely injured at work in 1978 when I broke my back and was bleeding to death...it took 17 pints of blood to save me.
I'd donated a few times before this event, but it really inspired me to do more...to thank those who were there for me in my time of need...to try to be there for them in theirs...
Then, in 1995, I was scheduled for an elective back surgery, and had donated several pints in the autologous program. Following surgery, I had an emergency need for more blood, and lacking the time to get my own from storage, the doctors used another 18 pints...
So I owe my life not once, but twice to the generosity and gifts from other donors...that makes me proud to help out, too!
"You shouldn't have made it"
In April 2003, I went into the hospital for a scheduled c-section with my 5th baby. This pregnancy had it's own complications already with my baby being born 6 weeks before his due date. I had developed an antibody in my blood which proved to be more of a complication than we had ever thought it would be. During the surgery, the doctor said that there was a hole in my uterus and the placenta had attached itself to my bladder and other organs. I began to hemorage; the doctor couldn't stop the bleeding. He reccomended a hysterectomy to which we agreed in order to try to save my life. We were very sad that I would no longer be able to have any children. Because I had lost so much blood, they ordered some blood for me. Because of the antibody that I had developed somehwere along the line, my normal bloodtype Apos wouldn't work because of the antibody. This cut my odds down considerably. I lost 7 units of blood during this ordeal and they were only able to match 1 unit right away. I received one unit of blood. After my surgery was completed, the doctor came into the recovery room, looked at me with tears in his eyes and said "You shouldn't be alive, you shouldn't be here" That was when he told me that I lost so much blood and how short of a supply there was that matched my blood. I later received one more unit that they were able to find in another hospital 50 miles away.
I am so very grateful for those 2 units of blood that I did receive! I would encourage everyone to donate blood, you could save a new mother's life.