A blood donation saved an Artesia woman from imminent death 53 years ago

Nancy Husselman of Artesia said blood donations from strangers saved her life when she was injured in a head-on crash between Cloudcroft and Alamogordo in 1969.

Husselman said an artery in her face was severed and bleeding profusely when emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene.

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“When I got to the hospital I practically bled. The doctor said I might have a little bit left in my little toe and they couldn’t find a heartbeat, which caused a heart murmur,” Husselman said.

Doctors pumped blood into his body for three days.

“If I had been (in the hospital) a few minutes later, I certainly wouldn’t be here to tell you this story,” she said.

Husselman said donating blood extended his life, one filled with a 40-year marriage, two children, nearly 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

“I owe my life to whoever gave the blood in the first place,” she said.

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Hussleman is one of millions of Americans whose lives have been saved thanks to the availability of donated blood. But Stephanie Seabreese, senior account manager at Vitalant Blood Donation services in Roswell, said the current blood donation shortages are putting lives at risk.

Whole blood units are collected at the Community Blood Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York on February 28, 2022 in Erie.

Critical blood shortage during summer months

Seabreese said blood donations typically plummet during the four-month summer period as students take breaks from high school and college and family vacations.

Seabreese said youth donations make up 10% of the nation’s blood supply.

Carlsbad Police Chief Shane Skinner prepares to donate blood during the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive, July 19, 2022 at the Carlsbad Fire Department.

“In the summer, these children are gone and they don’t donate blood like they do. Even regular donors are probably not more available than they normally are. Summer is just a very active time for people to take vacations and do different things,” she said.

According to the Vitalant website, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.

“All blood types and platelets are essential, especially type O blood, the most transfused and versatile when there is no time to test a patient’s blood type,” Vitalant said. in a press release.

During the summer months, Seabreese said law enforcement and firefighters bolster the blood supply with The Battle of the Badges, a competition between firefighters and law enforcement that began there. has nearly 12 years in Albuquerque. Battle of the Badges was created after a police officer was shot and it took blood to save the life of the officer.

She said 81 eligible blood donors participated in the two-day Badge Battle at Carlsbad on July 19-20.

“It’s our big event here in New Mexico for the summer and the impact it has is incredible,” Seabreese said.

“So far, we have seen 245 eligible donors at the drives. We plan to add about 100 more over the next two days to Clovis.”

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Anyone interested in arranging a blood drive with Vitalant can contact Seabreese at 575-840-8178.

Mike Smith can be reached at 575-628-5546 or by email at [email protected] or @ArgusMichae on Twitter

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