Blood donation saves Kansas toddler

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LIBERAL, Kansas — An old saying from the Red Cross goes that people live when people give.

No one knows that better than Krista Volden whose newborn son Elias was saved by blood transfusions.

“Because he had lost so much blood, his whole body had shut down is what happened, and they had to incubate him and start his heart, and they said it would have been a matter of minutes ,and there wouldn’t have been anything they could do.”

Elias was born in Liberal in 2011.

He lost about 75-percent of his blood during labor for a hemorrhage and needed treatment fast.

“The doctor said that I needed to talk to him and touch him and reach through the box and that was when it hit me that I didn’t know if that would be the last time I saw him or not,” said Volden.

Elias was airlifted to hospital in Denver where he was given two blood tranfusions.

Even then, the outlook was grim.

Doctors believed Elias would never walk or talk and would need therapy for the rest of his life.

But Elias proved them wrong.

At 19th months old, he is a healthy toddler now.

Volden and her fiance Bill Holcomb are now regular donors.

“Never really thought about it. We were always told that we could be saving lives. But then I met Elias and heard his story and I realized what impact I could be making on the world that if everybody actually gives blood, that it could all be better in the end,” said Holcomb, Krista’s fiance.

“This year’s going to be just amazing because we do know that he’s going to be okay, and it’s going to be fun to play with him and spend time with the grandparents,” said Volden.

Elias is a special Mother’s Day gift for the family.

To find out how you can become a blood donor, you can visit the Red Cross website to find a blood drive near you.

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