Give for Texans – Emily’s Story

Mother with newborn baby and older son

Donors made the difference during difficult deliveries

North Texas mom shares gratitude for blood donors following C-section complications

Arlington resident Emily Linville was motivated to become a Carter BloodCare blood donor following complications during childbirth.

Blood donation can be crucial in ensuring the well-being of a mother and her newborn child. Hemorrhaging – excessive bleeding – during delivery can lead to severe anemia, and a transfusion is critical for replacing the patient’s lost blood.  Here, in her own words, is Emily’s story:

I am both a donor and a blood transfusion recipient.

The first time I received a transfusion was immediately following the birth of my now 12-year-old son. I had a placenta previa, a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication.

After my C-section, I hemorrhaged and was given two units of blood. Had it not been for the lifesaving blood from a donor, I would have bled to death.

The second blood transfusion I received was a few days after the birth of my now 2-year-old son, due to some complications that arose from that C-section.

I now donate blood regularly as a way to give back to those who donated to save my life. I hope my blood will be used to save others’ lives as well. Additionally, as a universal donor with O negative blood, I know how important it is to donate.

You can make a lifesaving difference by donating blood, platelets or plasma. Please make an appointment by calling or texting Carter BloodCare at 800-366-2834 today.