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Trent Waggoner is a freshman at the University of Louisville. Like many college students, he enjoys hanging out with his friends. He loves doting on his girlfriend, Nichole. He studies for his classes, makes plans for his future and works part-time at his father’s business, 3B Locksmith and Road Service.
But, Trent’s life took an unexpected turn in September 2010, just three weeks into his freshman year of college. He was working for his dad when he responded to a roadside assistance call. He was helping change a tire on the side of a busy highway, when a driver entering the highway slammed into his truck. Trent became pinned between the car he was working on and his own truck.
“The truck and the car acted like a tourniquet,” Trent remembers. “I was pinned so tight that it helped keep me from bleeding to death.”
As a result of the accident, doctors had to amputate the lower part of Trent’s left leg. He had a number of broken bones. Over the course of his treatment, Trent received multiple blood transfusions to help prepare him for his 11 surgeries. He spent 42 days in the hospital.
Trenthad become a blood donor not long before his accident. He had given three times before he needed blood himself. “It was good to know that the blood was there when I needed it,” he says. He credits both volunteer blood donors and his strong support system of family and friends for seeing him through the accident. “Nichole beat the ambulance to the hospital,” he says. “She was there every day.”
Trentwill return to classes at UofL in January 2011. He has big plans for the future with a major in Business Marketing and some political ambitions on the side; he will attend his first meeting of the College of Business Student Council and plans a run for a position with the UofL student government next year.
—The Power of a Blood Donation: Trent Waggoner
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