MALVERN (KTHV) -- THV 11 has shared several Pay it Forward stories with you over the months, profiling people who give back. Now, we're asking you to be the difference. It's National Blood Donor Month and in just 15 minutes or less, you can save a least three lives.
It's a gift one Malvern woman knows all too well.
If life played out in pictures, many would say Amy Kizziar had it all. A 28-year-old physical therapist, she was an avid outdoor lover, golfer, softball player and playmate to nephew Ritter.
"Those things used to be huge joys in my life and now that they're gone away, its rough," explains Kizziar. "Immediately they didn't think I would survive."
It was Nov. 29, 2011.
"I have very small recollection of the actual accident," she says.
In a split second, on her way to work, Amy crashed into a tractor trailer carrying a mobile home.
"I was in the ICU when they woke me up from the coma."
For weeks she lay unconscious. She had more than 25 broken bones; a crushed pelvis, broken foot, crushed patella--just to name a few. She's endured more than 100 surgical procedures.
"An absolute miracle happened because of the American Red Cross and blood donation."
Kizziar is alive today because of family, friends and even strangers. There were four blood drives held in her name. Because of the generosity of others, the photos continued. Each setback and each milestone was documented: sitting up for the first time, soaking up the sun, even her first go at using a walker -- all caught on camera.
After 99 days, Amy left the hospital. The scars on her body are still every day reminders of her gift of life. "Auntie A", as two-year-old Ritter calls her, is now on a mission.
It's a crusade to share her "snap shots of life", hoping it'll inspire more people to give blood.
"One of these days I will get back to one of my normal activities."
Amy is scheduled to have surgery on her knee in the next two weeks. You can keep up with on Facebook where she let's friends and family know about her progress. The page is called Hope For Amy K.
- Someone needs blood every two seconds
- 44,000 donations a day in the U.S.
- A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
THV 11 is challenging you to pay it forward and give the gift of life. Remember the process takes less the 15 minutes. Each time you give, you can save up to three lives.
Check out a list of blood drives near you in central Arkansas. For more information call 1 (800) RED CROSS.