Blood donation saves Spokane mom's life

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by Breanna Roy & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 7 at 8:36 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Last August was an exciting time for 26-year-old Stephanie Krom.  She gave birth to a baby boy named Kasen.  However, just two days later she heard a pop coming from her chest that nearly killed her. 

Doctors discovered that Krom's aorta ruptured.  She was rushed into emergency surgery.  Through the help of complete strangers, Krom survived thanks to a blood transfusion.  She now understands the importance of blood donation.

"It could save someone’s life like mine.  I am definitely appreciative of the people who do give blood.  And did give blood," says Krom.

She is encouraging people to stop Thursday until 6 p.m. at the KREM Cares Blood Drive and make a donation.  The annual event has four locations and hopes to have well over 150 donors. 

Locations:

• KREM- 4103 S. Regal                                    
• Spokane- 210 W. Cataldo                       
• Coeur d'Alene- 403 W. Neider                            
• Spokane Valley-Valley Hospital
 

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