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35 Gallons of Blood Saves Mom from Massive Post-Delivery Hemorrhage

35 Gallons of Blood Saves Mom from Massive Post-Delivery Hemorrhage

The birth of Gina Walker's fifth child is being called a miracle by the doctors who worked for eight hours to save her life. 

Due to a massive hemorrhage, doctors had to use 540 units of blood -- over 35 gallons -- to keep Walker alive. The average adults has 1.3 gallons in their body. 

Word of mouth spread about Walker's surgery and 163 donors, including dozens of employees, medical students and residents, and Walker's friends and family, all stepped in and donated blood. 

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Sherrie Warner, who oversees the blood bank at University Hospital, told My San Antonio that until Gina's surgery the had never transfused that much blood to a patient. 

“We never stopped. We knew it was an OB patient, and there was a baby involved,” Warner said, breaking into tears at the memory. “We care about all of our patients, but this was special. As that blood kept going out, I remember praying that she had to make it. As it just kept going and going, and coming in and coming in. It was miraculous.”

Gina and her baby girl, Addison, now 2 months old, are both healthy and well. 

Read the full story at My San Antonio

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