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Recipient- Blood donation saved my life!!!! Thank you!!
My name is Kimberly and I have donated blood many times in my 41 years. I never thought I'd be in the situation I was in on October 21, 2012 and be the recipient of blood. The donation of others is what saved my life on that day. Not only did the unselfishness of those donors save my life but is giving my husband and children and myself many more days together. I encourage each and every person to be a blood donor!! Do your part and Save a Life!!
Blood donated saved my life twice
On December 15, 2011 I was admitted to Baylor Hosp. Dallas with a life threatening ulcer bleed, and needed 4 pints of blood. The ulcer was taken care of and stopped bleeding. Two days later I was admitted to a local hospital with a blood clot in my left arm. They worked on me for seven days with the warfarin, blood thinner, because of the ulcers and finally got me regulated, sent me home on Christmas day. On January 9, 2012 I awoke not feeling well at all, called the EMT and they took me to Baylor in Dallas. Once there in the Emergency Room, I began vomiting blood. After the stomach pump, and the endoscopy, I stopped breathing, blood had gotten into my lungs and I developed pneumonia, spent 5 days in ICU, and 5 days in the hospital after that. The GI doctor told my I had to have 8 pints of blood, and that she basically replaced all my blood. Had it not been for the 12 people who selfishly donated pints of blood, I would not be here. You never realize how much this blood is needed until you, or someone you love needs it. Thanks to everyone who donates and God bless all that do.
When my second son was born, I had some VERY serious complications, so severe that I spent seven long days in the ICU followed by two weeks in the hospital. During that time, I had FOUR blood transfusions with blood donated by average people, people that I had never met, and will never meet. I remember thinking to myself - if I survive this I will give back, I will donate blood whenever I am able too. In the last (almost) eight years, I've had plenty of opprotunities to donate and I'm pretty proud that I have indeed donated quite a bit.
Blood Transfusion Saved My Life--3 Different Times
I was grossly and mysteriously anemic from 1998 to 2006. During that 8 year period, I had 3 blood transfusions (received 3-4 bags of blood each time!). Those transfusions literally saved my life, as I had nearly bled to death each time. After many tests, scopes, and hemoglobin plummets, a doctor finally found a tumor in my small intestine that had been bleeding for years. Surgery in 2005 resulted in complete healing and recovery. I have not been anemic since and am so very thankful for those who donated blood for me. My husband and 3 daughters thank you as well. God bless you all for your donations!
Eighteen months ago I was rushed to the hospital because I was having complications with my pregnancy. I was 27 weeks and was rushed into the operating room as soon as we arrived at the hospital. What I didn’t know was that I was experiencing a placental abruption and I was losing blood and oxygen fast. Not only was my life in jeopardy but my daughter was losing blood and didn't have a heartbeat as well. After the surgeons successfully revived my daughter and stabilized me, we were immediately put on the list to receive blood. My daughter received four blood transfusions through her tiny 1lb -11oz body, and I was given two blood transfusions. Eighteen months later my daughter and I are both doing fine and loving every day we have with each other. I often cry and silently thank God for the people who took time out of their lives to donate blood so that my daughter and I could live. I never knew how precious and fragile life was until I almost lost my daughter and my life. I don't know who donated their blood; I wish I could tell them face to face how much I appreciate them. However, I can’t, but for all those of people that have and continue to donate their blood, with all my heart, THANK YOU.
I was only 30 at the time of my simple back surgery when the surgeon (dr.drisko at nkc) cut my adbominal aorta in half and had to get 22 units of blood to save my life! Thank you blood for saving me!! The pic is my most favorite princess niece...she's the absolute best!!
Every Unit Counts!
I started donating blood when I turned 17. I'm not a fan of needles (as many of us aren't), but knew that this was "easy pain" to give someone the gift of life. I never thought at the age of 34, I would become a recipient of someone's gift.
Earlier this month, my husband, daughter and I found out that I miscarried our second child at 16 weeks. On top of the devastation of losing our baby, I was told that I would have to go through labor and delivery.
Our son was delivered very peacefully, but the placenta was another story altogether. Because it wouldn't deliver normally, I had to have a procedure to remove the placenta. Afterward, my blood clotting factors were exhausted in a very short time. That's when I received my first blood transfusion.
In the course of 6 hours, I had a total of 3 surgical procedures, received 3 units of blood, 2 units of plasma and 1 unit of platelets. The following day in the ICU, I received an additional 2 units of blood. It doesn't sound like a lot in comparison to others, but every unit counts!
Two days after our son was born, less than 12 hours after being released from the ICU, I went home. This would not have been possible without someone donating their blood, platelets and plasma. I will never know who those donors are, but I am here today because of their gift. While I still grieve for the loss of our son, I am so grateful to be here to enjoy the numerous blessings of my life.
I recieved over 300 units of blood and blood products to save my life
I'm 32 years old and the mother of eight children all eight and under. When i got pregnant with my last child, we found out just a few weeks into the pregnancy that it was going to be a rough road. I had placenta previa and was put on bed rest. As the pregnancy continued, we found out I had a very serious condition. I had placenta percreta. This is where the placenta grows through the uterus. It had attached to my bladder, other organs, and all along my abdominal wall. I was sent to a specialist and delivery was scheduled one week before my due date. I don't know all the details after I went into the OR. I was told I would have died in the first five minutes had it not been for an additional experimental procedure they had done to help control bleeding right before delivery. I start bleeding out. My heart stopped twice. I underwent three surgeries to try and stop the bleeding. My husband was told that I would probably not make it. In addition to my already rare complication, while in the OR, I had an Amniotic Fluid Embolism. This is where the amniotic fluid gets into your bloodstream. There is no way to prevent it and it's not understoond very well. The majority of women who have this do not survive and about 65% of their babies do not make it. The only action to take is to keep giving the mother blood. I was told I was losing more blood than they could get in me. After one surgery, they had to pack me and just wait. It was a last ditch effort to save my life. In the end I recieved over 300 units of blood and blood products. Over 100 units of red blood cells alone. I was in a coma for six days before they were finally able to take me off the vent. The doctors said they had never seen anyone survive that much blood loss.
My son is three months old today. He is sleeping peacfully beside me as I type this. I tucked my other seven children in bed just a short while ago. If I had died, my children are so young that some may never had any memory of me or how hard I fought for them. Six of my children are adopted. I can't imagine them having to lose two mothers. I truly believe it would have ruined them to have yet another loss. While I still have some after effects of what happened, my son is healthy and I am able to enjoy my life and my family.
If it weren't for everyone who donated blood, it would not have mattered how skilled my doctors were or how hard the whole ICU team fought for me, I would not be here. Thank you just isnt enough. Not only did it save my life but it gave my children back their mother.
Thankful for donors!
I was a gestational surrogate and carried my niece. After a long and trying birth, I ended up hemorrhaging and caused me to go into surgery. I had to have a D&C. Afterwards, my hemoglobin was so low, they decided I needed a blood transfusion. I thank the person that me blood all the time! I could have made it without it but with me having four children at home, I needed to have my strength for my family. It would have taken me a long time to be able to have my strength up without it. Thank you for giving blood!
My Battle with Aplastic Anemia
On September 6th I was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. I am 11 years old. My bone marrow stopped working. I was not producing any cells. I needed red blood cell and platelet donations frequently. Without them I would not have survived. I recently had a bone marrow transplant and am starting to make my own cells. The other kids on the bone marrow transplant floor need transfusions daily to stay alive until they start making their own cells. Lots of blood is needed. I can't wait to get older to donate blood myself to help someone else. Thank you for keeping me alive!