On October 30, 2001, I was eight months pregnant and diagnosed with a placenta abruption, which led to an emergency C-section.
During the surgery I went into a bleeding condition called DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy). I lost all of the blood in my body and the new blood I was receiving through transfusions was not clotting. I received a total of 13 units of blood that day before my body accepted it.
At the time of the emergency, my family members asked repeatedly about the possibility of giving their blood, but it was not possible as the blood must come from the hospital supply, provided by Indiana Blood Center, in order to insure it is safe.
My daughter, Shelby, had a rough entry into the world too. She was without oxygen and a heartbeat for 13 minutes. During the surgery the doctors did not think that Shelby or I would make it.
I continue to be so thankful for every day and feel so very blessed to have Shelby. Although she has some delays from her traumatic birth, she is a very happy little 9-year-old girl.
I am very thankful to the men and women who donated blood so that it was available to save my life during my time of need.
We thank Robin for sharing her story with us. Let us all take the time to Raise Our Sleeves in Honor of Robin and her daughter, Shelby. You never know when you will be the one in need.
Go to DonorPoint.org and make an appointment to donate blood today.