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I was hospitalized in early April for chronic migraines, seizures, nausea and vommiting. I had a stroke back on Oct of 2010 and I have to be on coumadin (blood thinner) to prevent another stroke. I was in the ICU and step down unit for 5 days, when they got me back on a regular floor I started vommting blood. One of the docs just casually asked me if I would accept a blood transfusion and I said yes. I really didnt think they were gonna go through with it but they did some bloodwork and about 30-45 minuts later the nurse was coming in with consent papers and a unit of blood. She said the bloodwork came back with some bad results. I dont know exactly but I know my coumadin level was also way too high. The fact that I was bleeding from my stomache and the blood thinner level being high was very dangerous, I could have bled out. They immediately started transfusing blood. It seemed like everytime she came in the room she had another unit of blood. They then went in my stomache and cauterized whatever was bleeding while continuing to transfuse blood into me. All in all I had about 5-7 units of blood. The ONLY reason I survived was the doctor jumping on the problem quickly, them stopping the bleeding quickly and all the blood transfusions. It could have been really bad but Im alive today and for that Im grateful to the donor and American Red Cross for supplying the blood to the hospital.
Hello, my name is Desma and all through my life I've had a heavy menstral cycle. Every month I would get sick and could not do nothing. All through 2011 I was dizzy, could not stand up, could not even walk from my living room to the bath room without feeling like I was going to pass out; so I went to the doctor for a regular check up, and knowing that I was over weight he was going to say that me being over weight was why I was feeling that way.However he took some blood and told me to weight to see what my blood test say. Well I needed a blood transfution. So on the 4th of July I had my first transfution.Well that was not it.It was just getting worst and worst. So i had to be rushed to the hospital on December 22nd and they performed an emergency hysterctomy and blood transfution. I recieved 6 pints of blood that day.I just want to thank every one who donates blood, because without you I would not be alive today! Thank You Very Much!!!!!
Giving blood really does save lives. It saved mine.
Two weeks after my beautiful baby girl was born, I had complications. While I was being treated at the hospital, the doctor came and told my husband in the waiting room that it was a "grave situation and she might not make it."
My husband was almost left without a wife and my little girl without a mother. The blood that I received that day saved my life. I wish I could personally thank each person who selflessly donated the blood I received. It really does saves lives. It saved mine.
Blood donors saved our baby's life!
Isabella was born at 32 weeks, profoundly anemic with a hemoglobin of 2.2. She had stopped moving and I knew something wrong. I went to the hospital and they quickly agreed with me that something was seriously wrong. She was born that morning, August 23, 2009 by emergency C section. She was pale..white as a ghost, actually. The doctors were gravely concerned since she had lost almost half of her blood volume due to a hemorrage in utero. However, as soon as they gave her blood....lots of it, and platelets, she stabilized and turned pink!! She is now a happy, healthy 2 year old and we could never thank the blood donors who saved her life!!!!
A year ago, I was accidentally shot. I lost a lot of blood and had two surgeries, one which was 6 hrs. long. My blood cells did not regenerate on their own even though I was very healthy and in otherwise good physical condition. After a few days, the Dr. ordered 2 units of blood. I instantly felt better and went home the next day after a week in the hospital. I"m so grateful for the people who donated that blood, whoever they are. I've been waiting the required 12 months to give back, and today, I have an appointment to do just that.
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.