April 08, 2015
Carol Wittman never thought that her family would be touched by organ donation until her husband’s liver began to fail eight years ago. After seeing how many blood transfusions her husband needed to survive, she realized just how important blood donation is.
“It really hit home when I realized how many people had to donate to save my husbands life,” Carol said. “I felt almost obligated to start donating blood after we went through this. I really should have donated before, too, but I needed this wake-up call to really understand how important blood donation is.”
Carol and her husband, who recently celebrated the 8th anniversary of his liver transplant, always thank others for donating when they go to blood drives together. “We want people to understand what their donation means to people like us,” she explained.
Both blood donation and organ donation have become very important parts of Carol’s life. “I wear a Donate Life bracelet all the time, and it always reminds me that someone somewhere is undergoing a blood transfusion or organ transplant,” she said. “We also keep all the doctors and families involved in these procedures in our hearts at church. We don’t know who donated my husband’s liver, but we think of them and their family every day.”
Carol has some words of advice for people thinking about donating blood for the first time, too. “Take someone with you in case you feel woozy after donating,” she said. “And take the time to talk to other people who are giving blood to hear their stories. Most importantly, don’t hesitate to donate! Giving blood takes no time at all, you can do it at any age, and your donation is welcome no matter what blood type you have. Blood is very much needed, and I have yet to see blood sold at Wal-Mart!”
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