Grand Rapids mom, saved by blood donations, urges others to donate

By KBJR News 1

August 26, 2014 Updated Aug 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - There are moments in life, like an improptu living room dance party, that would be a shame, if missed.

"They're pretty much not just hamming it up for you. This is pretty normal," Katie Thunshelle said about her two boys.

Katie Thunshelle considers it a miracle she didn't miss the dance party.

Two years ago, next month - Thunshelle gave birth to Ty in what started as a normal pregnancy.

"He was delivered 9 pounds 3 ounces. Perfectly healthy and well. Afterwards I developed a really bad hemorrhage," she said.

Thunshelle says she lost enough blood that her body went into a bleeding free-fall, known as disseminated intravascular coagulation.

"When I was airlifted, we didn't know if I would live."

She survived, thanks to 23 strangers and their blood.

"I ended up with 23 units total, which, when your human body only holds 10, is kind of a big deal."

A big deal that left her bed-ridden for more than 10 weeks and in need of two follow up surgeries.

"My doctor once asked me, she's like are you angry, how are you doing with postpartum depression. I can't be. My children were both born perfectly well and I lived to tell tale."

Thunshelle now shares her tale of survival with others in hopes more people will give the gift of live.

"My goal is to donate the 23 times back to even out my current balance and then keep going, so I'm at a plus one at least.."

Help save a life
You can help give the gift of life this this week.

KBJR 6 & Range 11 is teaming up with Memorial Blood Centers to host a blood drive at our studios in Canal Park on Thursday, August 28th between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

To register, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD or visit Memorial Blood Centers' website. Use 4230 as the code.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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