BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- A Buffalo woman wants to thank the people who donated the blood that saved her life and she encourages others to give blood.
“If it weren’t for the blood transfusions I really would not be here today,” said Nataka Morris, from Buffalo.
News 4 is teaming up with the American Red Cross for the 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope Blood Drive this week.
Morris told News 4 that eight months ago she had to take a medical leave of absence from Buffalo State College.
“I couldn’t eat, I could hardly sleep,” said Morris.”I wasn’t any mood to move around or go anywhere.”
Her stomach pains quickly became worse and she was admitted to Sister’s Hospital in November. Tests showed she has Crohn’s Disease.
“I was continuously hemorrhaging, which is why I needed the blood transfusions,” she said.
Morris had 20 blood transfusions in six weeks as doctors tried to save her life. She was in and out of the ICU three times but the transfusions kept her alive.
“I thank whoever donated blood because if it weren’t for the donated blood, my child wouldn’t be here today,” said Janice Tigg, Morris’ mother.
Morris is now back on her feet. She works out three times a week and has started classes again at Buffalo State College.
“If I could shake the hand of everybody who donate blood, I would,” said Morris. “Just a small pint of blood changed my entire life.”
She encourages others to make a difference and told News 4 she already has plans to donate blood herself.
“I want to be what everyone else was to me,” said Morris. “You always know it’s important to donate blood but it never shows you how important it is until you experience needing blood yourself or someone you’re close to needs blood.”
To participate in the 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope Blood Drive go to the Red Cross chapter on Delaware Ave. in Buffalo. The event is on Wednesday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. All donors will receive a free t-shirt.