(WBRE/WYOU-TV) This week members of the Eyewitness News Morning team are facing their fears and encouraging you to do the same.
Today, Kelly Byrne tackled what scares her the most — blood and needles — while helping to save lives.
“We are in an emergency situation right now. And what that means is that blood is going into hospitals faster than donations are coming in,” said Alana Mauger, Red Cross Blood Services,
Every two seconds someone in America needs a blood transfusion. There’s a dire need for donations.
Mauger explains, “There’s no substitute for blood. It can’t be manufactured, it has to be voluntarily donated by our generous blood donors.”
That’s why Alana Mauger from the American Red Cross is encouraging you to donate.. including Kelly,
Kelly said, “I’m a little bit nervous.” I’ve always been afraid of blood and needles.. but I’m conquering my fear — and saving a life — by donating *my* blood. *
Kelly was nervous at first
They explained the procedure
First cleaning her arm
Then.. it was time…time for the needle,
Kelly said it wasn’t that bad.–the not looking she gave a blood donation,
Kelly was surprised and thought it would take longer,
After a few minutes and a tiny pinch.. it was over. It’s surprisingly easy she said.
Maunger told Kelly “You’re helping people in your community. 80 perce nt of the blood donated stays in our general region.”
Kelly faced her fear — and potentially helped save a life. Find a Blood Drive Near You Click Here