KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Even with all the medical advancements we have today; there's still no replacement for blood. That's why donating blood is so important in order to keep supplies stocked in local hospitals. But have you ever wondered who does this blood really help?
It helps people like April Bryan; a woman who developed a very rare blood disorder called Disseminated intravascular coagulation or D.I.C for short.
April explained "My body started producing blood thinner on it's own. My blood became so thin that I started bleeding internally and by the time I realized what was going on I pretty much lost all my blood."
She was rushed to UT Medical Center and into emergency surgery where doctors were unsure if she would survive.
"I ended up getting 12 units of blood and spent a couple of weeks in the hospital several days in the ICU." said April
She's says she's alive today thanks to 12 selfless people who gave blood and her faith.
"I'm only here because God choose to leave me here. I don't know why but I think it's because he knows I'm one of those people that will encourage others to donate blood." April said.
Alive and well today she's planning a big day for her daughter, a day that she wouldn't be a part of without blood donations.
"We're making a table at the back of the reception. It will have pictures of relatives that passed on and while I was putting the table together I thought to myself I could have been one of those pictures. But I'm not."
We asked her what she would tell someone who says they don't give blood because of the needles or the pain and here's what she said:
"As someone who has received blood the little bit of discomfort you might feel or the time it takes to do is nothing compared to what the person getting your blood is going through."
It's something she hopes people remember when they give blood. It's more than just a donation; it's saving a life of someone who is in desperate need to stay alive.
Click on the link below for more information about donating blood.