As a mother of three young children, a wife and friend to others in the Lehigh Valley, it is hard to imagine that my life could have been in jeopardy without any warning. At 38 weeks of pregnancy, I experienced one of the scariest moments of my life, as I suffered total placenta abruption, which threatened the life of my baby and me. I was rushed to the operating room of our local hospital, where the doctors had to perform an emergency C-section, as I was literally hemorrhaging to death internally while my baby was swallowing my blood. My total blood loss was approximately 3000 cc or the blood in my body, and a blood transfusion was required. I received 7 units of packed red blood cells, 6 units of platelets and 4 units of fresh frozen plasma. Luckily, this story has a positive ending, as both the baby and I are recovering. I am thankful that there was an adequate blood supply when I was in need. Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy life to assist in saving someone else’s life. My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the gift of life through your blood donation.