A Sooner Thank You

Dear Blood Institute,

During your recent blood drive with the University of Oklahoma, I was honored to donate for the first time. This was a very special moment for me, and I’d like to share why.

Nearing the end of her pregnancy, my mom began to have complications. I was born six weeks prematurely, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces. After immediately being placed in the intensive care unit, the doctors informed my parents that my mom had suffered an infection in her placenta, and that infection was passed on to me. I had a 30 percent change of living.Shannon Pease

My parents were devastated. If I was to have a chance at survival, a blood transfusion would be required because I did not have enough white blood cells to fight off the infection.

During this time, the medical staff was trying to find a donor with my blood type. They found a match - a man in Rochester, NY, three hours northwest of Binghamton, NY, where I was born. This man was a regular donor, and he agreed to donate immediately.

The blood arrived just in time. Three days later, things were looking up. My chance of living was increased to 50 percent, and, at that time, my parents and family knew I was a fighter. I fought off the infection, and I truly believe the kindness of the blood donor from Rochester, NY, saved my life.

Thank you for the work you do and for allowing me to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Shannon Pease
Graduate Assistant,
University of Oklahoma Athletic Department