As Emily Peters prepared for the arrival of her new baby girl, with a dreamy nursery, teeny-tiny outfits and an overnight bag packed for the hospital, Kathy Schutt took two hours out of her day to donate blood.
These strangers-turned-friends will forever be bonded by Kathy’s lifesaving gift. On August 2, 2016, moments after giving birth to her precious daughter Lucy, Emily experienced severe postpartum hemorrhage and nearly bled to death in the delivery room of a San Francisco, California hospital. Saving Emily required 32 units of blood - or more than three times the total amount of blood in her body.
Ban katantaWithout the gift of blood from Kathy and 31 other anonymous donors, Emily would not have survived.
“For me, donating blood is a way of life, and to know it helped Emily and her family is amazing,” Kathy says. “It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.”
Kathy is one of millions of donors who will be celebrated on June 14 during World Blood Donor Day. More than 117 million blood donations are collected each year globally1, and the annual day of recognition raises awareness as to the importance of regular donation.
Ban katantaThanks to this gift of blood, Emily is present for each sweet moment with 3-year-old Lucy, playing in the park, reading stories, riding bikes and snuggling at bedtime. This curious kiddo with two tiny ponytails and nine imaginary dogs loves rocks, plants and animals, and, most of all, spending time with mom and dad.
“If it wasn’t for the blood donors, I wouldn’t be here for her,” Emily says.