Devin Long is a 17 year-old senior at Lowell High School who recently gave his first blood donation. Giving blood had a special meaning to him because he was a recipient of two units of blood 4 years ago.
While riding his ATV in the woods with his brother and cousin, Devin hit a tree stump and rolled the vehicle. The handle bar impaled his calf causing severe blood loss. Devin was in shock from the injury and quickly pulled out the handle bar tying his t-shirt around the wound. He had to ride the ATV down the hill to get help.
By the time Devin arrived in the emergency room, he had lost a lot of blood and was drifting in and out of consciousness. He needed a blood transfusion to save his life. He also needed 27 stitches to reattach his calf muscle and 38 stitches to close the wound. Devin says “it was definitely a scary event. I’m thankful the blood was there.”
After surviving his accident, Devin is thrilled to be able to give back. Devin says “it’s nice knowing I could have saved someone’s life like they saved mine.” Thank you for giving back, Devin.