My big Sister and I were very close, as adults we spoke on the phone 2-3 times a week. She had grown up with a defect in her knee that didn’t allow her the opportunity most of us had to run, jump, swim and play which affected her core strength. As an adult and an RN she decided that it was time for a new knee.
Surgery went well but she lost more blood then they expected. The combination of that and the anesthesia caused her to develop ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) Doctors immediately put her in a medically induced coma to try and safe her but the amount of blood loss and amount of blood available for her were to big to overcome and we lost her.
Donating blood is intensely personal with different underlying motivations for donating; it is giving of oneself, a physical sacrifice, and it supports people who need our help in a very tangible way, It is an act deserving great respect and profound gratitude.