TANYA Huish would not be alive today without blood donors.
“I gave birth to my daughter Bella without a problem but then I started to haemorrhage,” Tanya said.
The 29-year-old from Boambee East underwent an emergency hysterectomy, but then developed a condition known as disseminated intravascular coagulation, which meant her blood was clotting and thinning at the same time.
“I was losing blood from two arteries and doctors struggled to stop the bleeding,” she said.
“My family was called because they didn't think I'd make it through the night.”
Thanks to 26 units of donated blood, Tanya survived and is now fit and well and enjoying family life with six-month old Bella, sons Jak and Lachlan, and thankful husband Zeke.
And she's also giving something back by acting as an Ambassador for the Year of the Blood Donor, a special year to honour and acknowledge the generosity of all blood donors.
Coffs Harbour Donor Centre manager, Dawn Weldon-Schupp, said it takes all types of people to meet the demand.
“Although the recent bushfire tragedy has led to an outpouring of support for blood donations, blood supplies often run critically low as demand outstrips supply,” she said.
For Tanya, the Year of the Blood Donor is a chance for her to encourage people to roll up their sleeves and help save lives.