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Olivia

Olivia

Jupiter, Florida

Blood donors saved my life.

The Rodriguez family changed forever on the morning of Christmas Eve in 2015. Their 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, did not wake up and when her mom went to check on her she discovered Olivia was hemorrhaging and unresponsive.

The ambulance rushed her to the hospital where doctors discovered she had been losing blood throughout the night and her hemoglobin was critically low. Olivia needed immediate blood and plasma transfusions to survive. Olivia’s mom says “It was one of the scariest things we’ve ever gone through as parents.”

Fortunately, when the first blood transfusion was given, her condition rapidly improved and doctors were able to stabilize her to perform surgery and correct the hemorrhage. Without the critical blood transfusions Olivia received, she may have not made it through the surgery. The Rodriguez family received the biggest gift of all, the gift of life.

Now a healthy 13-year-old, Olivia owes her life to blood donors. “It was scary, but I knew that I would be okay because I was getting blood transfusions. I am very thankful to everyone who donates blood. I wouldn't be here today without you."

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