South Haven Mother Thanks Blood Donors Who Saved Her Baby’s Life
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 3:08PM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Premature baby girl survives infection after two blood transfusions


As many people nationwide celebrate the special women in their lives during Mother’s Day, Michigan Blood is celebrating Jamiee Mentink and her story of becoming a mom for the first time.

In March of 2012, Daughter Ava was born through emergency C-section at only 28 weeks, due to Jamiee's severe illness, preeclampsia. Ava, being a tiny 1lb, 11 oz. at birth, had been doing great in the NICU, but then fell sick to infection. A total of two blood transfusions were needed to save Ava's life.

"Immediately after the transfusions, you could see a difference. Ava's skin turned pink again, and she became her feisty self again," said Jamiee. "All the medical stuff in the world couldn't replace the blood that Ava so desperately needed."

With time, Ava fought her way back to being a healthy, thriving baby. Ava is now a fun, feisty, sweet little girl who is energetic about dance lessons, and loved being a wedding flower girl recently. She just celebrated her 4th birthday in March.

Through the experience with Ava, and as the Director of Inpatient Emergency Services at South Haven Hospital, Jamiee realizes first hand the importance of blood donation. She is now a loyal blood donor herself.

"As a nurse I used to give blood to patients regularly, but I feel bad that it took Ava's experience for me to regularly donate," adds Jamiee. "Like I did, I think people take for granted that somebody else is donating blood. If people could realize that donating takes just a short amount of time, but it's something that’s so worth the cause." 

Jamiee also wishes to thank those donors whose blood saved Ava's life.

"Thank you for saving my little girl's life. Without you taking the time to donate blood, she wouldn't be here today."

To view Jamiee and Ava's full story, watch their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pisYzF9iGAQ

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