Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Welcoming a new baby into your family is one of the highlights of anyone’s life. My life was changed forever, a year ago, on December 1, 2014, when I gave birth to twin boys at Memorial Medical Center. Instead of being a completely joyful occasion, things went horribly wrong.
After a routine prenatal visit, I was sent to the hospital with high blood pressure and the decision was made to deliver my babies by c-section. My two beautiful boys were delivered and then the unthinkable, scary thing happened – I was hemorrhaging. I knew the situation was becoming critical when the decision was made to take the babies from the operating suite. I heard medication names being rapidly spoken and the bleeding still would not stop. My doctors had to make a quick decision to perform an emergency hysterectomy to save my life. I left in stable condition and we were all welcomed by family in my room, where our boys met their two big sisters and grandparents. After everyone held the babies, my family headed home and my husband went to pick up our belongings at home. It was change of shift and several nurses were in my room when I suddenly didn’t feel right. My vision was going black and I told the nurses I thought I was passing out. I woke up to a room full of people and an oxygen mask on my face. I later learned that I initially didn’t even have a blood pressure and my blood count was dangerously low. Two units of blood were immediately transfused as I was transferred to the ICU. Over the course of three days in the ICU, separated from my babies, I received three more units of blood. Finally, after three long days, I was able to return to the maternity floor to be with my babies. The next day I received more bad news – my blood count was low again. I received my last two units of blood which made for seven units in total. I praise God that I was able to survive this ordeal and, even with blood shortages, the hospital managed to transfer seven units of one of the more uncommon blood types, B+. I am so very thankful for the people who give blood, because I would not be here today for my family without the donated blood I received. I ask for those considering to give blood to please give if you can because this is a gift that has immeasurable value! Thank you to all who give blood, and thank you for giving me the GIFT OF LIFE!