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Local woman thanks blood donors for being alive

DELMAR -- Katie Urban is a proud mother of three, and because of the generosity of complete strangers, is lucky to be alive. While she was pregnant several months ago with her third child, she was diagnosed with a rare conditions that not only threatened her life, but the life of her unborn child.

"I had a pretty significant bleed while I was at work and got rushed to the hospital and they further tested and showed that I had placenta percreta, which there is three different forms and I had the worst one," she says. 

Her son was born at just 31 weeks, but today is doing well, and growing fast. His mother is alive and well, but needed a whooping 84 units of blood from donors to survive.

"It's equivalent to the amount 17 people the blood that they carry in their body," she tells us.

Katie's family was astounded by the generosity of donors they had never met. 

"The thought that there was even a small chance that she would leave us and leave her kids behind was just more than any of us could handle," says her sister Erin. 

So, they paid it forward. In her honor they hosted a blood drive, collecting 128 units of blood. The drive was held on the same day as Katie's follow up surgery, and Katie's sister Erin tells us, even the most faint of heart can give easily.

"I'm afraid of needles I'm not a huge, I'm not great at that. But, most of us were first time donors who stepped up and said you know what she's on the table, she's going through so much physically, emotionally and mentally this is the least I can do," she says.

During the summer months the need for blood is the greatest, but the supply is not. So, this family is hoping you help them to donate more blood to save more lives, just like those who helped to save Katie's.

 
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