Walker family story shows reason to give blood
PADUCAH — Giving blood is so important because every person who donates a pint of blood can help save up to three other people's lives.
Taking an hour out of your day can help a family like the Walkers. Eleven months ago, Christina Walker gave birth to her daughter Kiley. An hour after her c-section she was rushed back into surgery because her uterus ruptured.
After nine hours of surgery, her prognosis wasn't good. She was given 11 units of blood and two sets of platelets.
Today, she's alive and healthy but not without the help of strangers.
"Those people brought me home," she said. "Those people brought me home to my kids and my husband."
"We're forever grateful and we encourage others to give when they can," adds Shaun Walker, Christina's husband.
The Donor Days event runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Thursday, July 12 at Paducah's Robert Cherry Civic Center.
You have to be at least 17 years old to donate. Anyone 16 years old can donate with a parents' permission. You must weight at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.