“I didn’t really have a normal high school experience,” Khayla said. “For two years straight, I was in and out of the hospital and I was never really at school, so the transfusions really helped a lot.”
At her lowest point, Khayla was suffering from chronic migraines and a sickle cell pain crisis at the same time.
“It was hard because it felt like I just wasn’t going to get better,” she said. “The blood transfusions saved me. Without them, I don’t think I would be here. And I wouldn’t have Ava.”
When Khayla was pregnant with Ava, her blood count got dangerously low and she was admitted to the hospital.
“It was to the point where I just couldn’t give her what she needed from me,” Khayla said. “Having a blood transfusion really helped because I was able to get better and still supply her with nutrients and give her life. My husband and I are grateful because she’s here. And without blood donors, she wouldn’t be.”