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Kacie Forrest, RN, BSN works in the Perinatal Special Care Unit at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns.
Early in Kacie's career, a patient who had a baby via c-section ended up with abdominal bleeding. She needed four units of blood. For Kacie, it was hard to see her patient lying there looking yellow/green, and waiting for the blood to arrive. Her husband—a brand new dad—sat helplessly crying, watching his wife fade away. When the blood arrived, Kacie held up the bag and gave thanks for the person who donated it. It saved her patient’s life.
Fast forward—Kacie was traveling in East Africa for two weeks, working under an OBGYN in the Congo. There is no blood bank in the Congo. When someone needs blood, they say, okay, come and donate for this person. Often, it’s too late. Kacie will never forget seeing a uterus in a trash can from someone whose baby couldn’t be saved.
“There is something so precious about a blood donation,” said Kacie. “The way we handle this lifesaving product and how we manage supplies in this country—it’s incredible. A bag of blood is more precious than gold.”
These experiences changed Kacie’s perspective on blood. She used to see blood as something bad. But now, when it arrives in that special bag for patients in need, she sees blood as a lifeline.
Kacie’s husband Mike is an avid blood donor. He builds it into his regular schedule.
“He’s always happy when he comes home from donating blood,” said Kacie. “Being in the Congo and seeing how hard it is for them to get blood to patients in need meant something to him. He wears his blood donation t-shirt with pride, and to inspire other people to give.”
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