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Blood drives save lives: One woman’s story of the ultimate donation

Hillsdale resident Jennifer Wakamatsu is alive today to hug her daughters, Emi and Maya, thanks to the seven pints of blood she received during a life threatening crisis following Emi’s birth. Photo by Toshihiro Wakamatsu

HARLEM VALLEY — One week after the birth of her second daughter, Hillsdale’s Jennifer Wakamatsu was happily at home with her family. She had been to the doctor that very day and all was well. Then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t. With no warning at all, Wakamatsu started to hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital.

By the time she was able to return home three days later, she had lost 50% of the blood in her body. Only the transfusion of seven pints of blood saved her life.

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