AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
"Heroes for Mom"
Jay Community Center
July 26, 2019 1 pm - 7 pm
Questions? Call Janea Edwards 918-837-1139
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For Janea Edwards, her c-section took no time at the hospital in Siloam Springs and her last real memory was of seeing, but not being able to touch her baby boy.
She woke up hours after, knowing that something wasn't quite right. Edwards was in and out of consciousness and still had not had the opportunity to hold her baby.
Moments later, a nurse lifted the sheets to check the bleeding and Edwards said she would never forget the look on the nurse's face.
"I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know what. Next thing I know I was surrounded by nurses and could hear them yelling for someone to call the doctor in. Not too long later he came in and nurses were running around me," said Edwards.
What was happening to Edwards was her first postpartum hemorrhage, which would cause her to receive seven units of blood the following day.
The night of her transfusion, Edwards was still on bedrest and began feeling dizzy and unusual. Edwards started bleeding out again and the doctors were called again.
"They made my husband leave and I remember them saying my blood pressure was extremely low. The next day I started my next rounds of transfusions to replace all the blood I lost," said Edwards.
After a few days, Edwards was able to go home.
"I thought we were on the homestretch. Until the second night we were home. I got up to go to the bathroom and the next thing I know I wake up in a ambulance headed to the Grove hospital because I almost bled out on my bathroom floor," said Edwards.
Edwards recalls hearing the EMTs calling the Emergency Room because of the loss of seven liters of blood. Upon waking up in the Grove ER, Edwards from an emergency surgery. But it wasn't enough, Edwards would continue to have problems until finally, the only solution was a hysterectomy. Edward was only 22 and her son was her first child.
"I am so thankful for the wonderful EMTs that helped calm my fears, the ER staff at the hospital, and especially Dr. Thomas and his nurses [at the hospital staff and clinic] for not only saving my life but treating me so well in such a tough and traumatic time in my life. I have decided to host a blood drive to help give back after so many units of blood were used to save my life," said Edwards.