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Can Donating Blood Save a Life?

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January is National Blood Donor Month. Blood saves lives! To find a blood drive near you, visit the American Red Cross.

When thinking about donating blood, one usually assumes, “Oh, my blood is going to help someone,” but nine times out of ten, we have no idea who it is going to.

As a mom to twin preemies, I have never looked at donating blood the same way. As Kendall just lay there, with us not knowing which way things were going, blood became a vital aspect to how her daily activities went.

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Kendall went through several blood transfusions, and I think God every day for those people who were willing to spend their time donating blood so that my baby could survive.

I remember sitting with Kendall close to her hospital transition, and I remember saying, “My child looks like death.” She literally looked like she was on her last leg, and there was absolutely nothing I could do for her but sit with her, soothe her, talk to her, pray, etc. You really feel helpless when your child is in the NICU fighting for their life.

When Kendall transferred hospitals, they pretty much told us that her electrolytes were all off balance and that she was going to be given a blood transfusion. I cannot tell you how much that little transfusion changed her. It was like it gave her a new life — her coloring changed, she was more aware of what was going on and she started acting like a normal baby.

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It really, truly is amazing what a blood transfusion can do for one little tiny body. Thank you to everyone who donates, has donated, or will donate in the future. If you have never donated blood, take a moment to really think about how many lives you can change. Imagine a tiny baby that weighs 16 ounces and needs a blood transfusion.

Would you like to be the one that saved their life?

Melissa McMurchy About Melissa McMurchy

Melissa McMurchy (OH) is the mother of twin daughters, Brooklynn and Kendall, born three months early, weighing 1.4 and 2.7 pounds. Brooklynn coasted through all milestones and is currently only behind in speech. Kendall, with an eleven-month hospital stay, is a bit spunkier with three broken bones, multiple blood transfusions and six surgeries under her belt. The journey has been long, but the lessons many. Melissa is a lover of sports, the smell of rain and miracles. You can follow her on Twitter or on her personal blog, Two Miracles.


  1. Beth Cornett says:

    My 24 weeker surviving twin received about 20 blood transfusions during his 150 day NICU stay.

    • wow! I honestly have no idea how many my daughter went through but it was a huge factor that really had an impact on her. Thank God for blood donations and your surviving twin! Hope he is doing well 🙂

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