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Red Cross hosting blood drive for Alison Wissen

The American Red Cross is joining family and friends to host a blood drive in honor of Alison Wissen from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Woodland High School.

Alison suffered from both placenta previa and placenta percreta during the birth of her daughter, Gwendolyn. Placenta percreta is the most rare and severe form of placenta accreta. This condition results in the placenta not being able to detach during delivery and risks catastrophic hemorrhage and death for the mother.

Alison lost one and a half times her total blood volume during the delivery of her daughter. She spent seven hours in surgery to repair the damage.

“I would not be alive if it weren’t for blood donors,” said Alison. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons would not have been able to save my life without blood donations. I will be forever grateful to those who donate blood so my three children have their mother.”

To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter code "summa" or call 800-733-2767.

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