Recipient Stories

Taylor's Story

On April 18, 2013 Taylor Fogo gave birth to their fourth child, Ellie. Taylor was 33 years old at the time, and during natural childbirth, complications arose. Afterwards, the bleeding would not stop, and Taylor’s body developed a condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), which means normal clotting is disrupted and severe bleeding can occur. 

In Taylor’s case the clotting factors completely shut down. Taylor’s blood pressure dropped to 0/20; she was in need of clotting agents. They began transfusing blood, but she continued to lose blood as fast as she received it. During the next 6 hours, her husband Mike remembers hearing the doctors say they were afraid they would run out of blood before they could correct the problem. Blood was quickly transported from another facility to save her life.

She ended up using “three bodies worth” of blood according to the doctors, which would translate into approximately 30 blood donations.

Today, Taylor and Mike Fogo get to enjoy life together with their four children; Maris, age 9; Dominic, age 8; George, age 6 and Ellie, age 4. They are thankful to the many donors that made this possible. Mike will never forget that moment in the waiting room fearing that there might not be enough blood to save Taylor. That is why he is a regular donor today.