December 03, 2015
I was past my due date, and my doctor thought that inducing labor would be the best option. Unfortunately after a long labor, I was unable to give birth naturally and a c-section became necessary. The procedure went well and my handsome baby was delivered safely, but afterwards I began losing a large amount of blood because my uterus stopped doing its job. This caused my blood to stop clotting. Once they got the bleeding somewhat under control I was administered two blood transfusions.
Donating blood seems like such a small act, but to those who receive those donations it is a monumental action. It is something that everyone (that is capable) should consider doing. The short time it takes someone to donate can add a lot of time to the person receiving that donation, and to them that donor is a hero.
Everyone who donates blood is granting those in need the means to continue appreciating the small and large joys in life. I am so thankful for the people that took time out of their day to donate blood as they helped to save my life.
While I have always supported and participated in donating blood, I never fully understood the importance of it until I was on the receiving end. It has made me appreciate the little things and also opened my eyes to how important those who donate blood are. Without those transfusions things could have taken a very wrong turn and I may not be here today to appreciate my bundle of joy.
Article Written by Jillian Ranney
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Unyts is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States, and is one of the only eight centers nationwide to house organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location. With the addition of Community Blood Service, Unyts has become the first organization of its kind nationwide. Unyts operates as a non-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding transplantation.
Unyts routinely has helped to secure higher rates of donation in Western New York than the national average. When approached following the death of a loved-one for organ donation, Western New York families are very generous. In 2014 the Unyts conversion rate was 81.5%– the national average was 63.2%. Due to these numbers, Unyts is ranked as one of the top procurement organizations nationwide. As recently as 1997, Unyts had just 200 donors; in 2014 the organization surpassed 1,200.
The organization’s network and success have gone hand-in-hand, and as a result, Unyts has been able to spread the message that transplantation is vital – and transplantation saves lives. Unyts is currently headed by President & CEO Mark Simon, and Chair of the Board of Directors David Carlson.
*As of January 1, 2012, Unyts operates under, d/b/a Unyts, WNY’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center. We are no longer Upstate NY Transplant Services.
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