Cancer survivor donates blood for first time

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– The Red Cross along with Eyewitness worked Friday to bring in blood donations. Dozens of people came to donate their time and blood.
One of them, Shannon Mattingly, a 21-year cancer survivor.
Her first time on the donation table Shannon Mattingly remembers the times she was on an operating table.

“About 20 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. At a point where I didn’t know I was in I had surgery in Evansville it was not successful,” Mattingly explains. “Lost roughly half of my blood. Had to have a transfusion of two units of whole blood and two units of blood expander.”

She knew another surgery was coming. That meant more blood from someone else.

“So I was walking around for a good period of time with over half of my body being donated blood.”

So after more than 20 years, she was able to roll up her sleeves and give the gift that was given to her, to someone else.

“Every day that I’ve woken up for the past almost 21 years, I know that it’s been because people donated blood for me.”

And she knows without it she wouldn’t be here.

“People like me who have no idea what was going on. We’re living our lives and then all of a sudden they are donated blood is the difference between my life and my death in the middle of the night. And you can be that difference for somebody else.”

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(This story was originally published on January 10, 2020)

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