Father donates 33 gallons of blood

Father donates 33 gallons of blood

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OKLAHOMA CITY -

At only 31 years old, Jeremy Hurley has already donated 33 gallons of blood.

"9/11 happened and there was another calling," Hurley said.  "Then I started losing friends and family to cancer."

Almost every other week this machinist at Tinker rolls up his sleeve to donate.  He started back in high school. His regular visits were quickly noticed by his wife, Kacy.

"When we first got married I thought boy he does that an awful lot," she said.

Little did he know, the gift of life he was selflessly giving would be needed by his daughter. A baby girl named Matty, born with his eyes, his fighting spirit, and a very serious health condition.  Matty had a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia or CDH.  The prognosis wasn't good.

"Babies with CDH are automatically given a 50% chance to survive," Kacy said. "She was born with a 10% chance."

With only a small portion of her diaphragm intact Matty's stomach, intestines, liver, and colon were developing in her chest.  She was facing an uphill battle.

"We were told to expect severe cognitive disabilities," Kacy said.

For Matty to survive she would need several operations - six in the first three months.  What she needed most was blood.

"It all his me whenever I was sitting in the room with my daughter when she was on the heart and lung bypass, and they were giving her platelets," Jeremy said.

Good thing for Matty, 10 strangers were as committed to donating blood as her father.

"It was an eye-opening experience to know that the very product I give was the same product my daughter was  receiving."

It saved Matty's life and created a bond this family will never break.

"To see what he does come full circle, in your own daughter, it's just amazing," Kacy said while looking at her husband.

When asked what he sees when he looks at Matty now, Jeremy had this to say.

"I see the light of my life. I see new meaning to my life and if it wasn't for the blood donors, she would not be here today. Plain and simple, she would not be here without blood product."

 

If you'd like to donate blood, FOX 25 is teaming up with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for the "All-American Blood Drive" July 5th and 6th.  Blood donors who show their American spirit by donating blood at these events will receive a special edition 2013 All-American T-shirt and two tickets to the OKC Zoo. Here's the schedule:

Friday, July 5th - Kickapoo Casino, Harrah - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                           FireLake Casino, Shawnee - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 6th - Fort Thunder Harley-Davidson, Moore - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                            Shawnee Mall, Shawnee - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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