Barbourville Recipient to Give Back March 27, 2009

More Than 40 People Saved Boles' Life

BARBOURVILLE, KY. – Trish Boles of Barbourville has more than 40 people to thank for helping to save her life. As a way to show her appreciation, Trish is planning to donate blood at the upcoming Knox County Community Blood.

The Knox County Community Blood Drive is scheduled for April 2 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall at Roadside Baptist Church at 524 KY Hwy 3439 in Barbourville.

Trish’s story begins on March 18, 2007 at Baptist Regional Medical Center. After delivering a healthy baby daughter, Jacey Reece, by caesarean section, Trish began bleeding more than normal. She had to be taken back into surgery where she continued to bleed profusely and went into cardiac arrest twice. Because of her uncontrolled bleeding, Trish required multiple transfusions. In fact, she used so much blood, the hospital ran out and more had to be quickly delivered by a Kentucky State Trooper. 

Trish was airlifted that evening to the University of Kentucky Medical Center where she underwent another emergency surgery. Because the bleeding could not be stopped, a hysterectomy had to be performed. Throughout her ordeal, Trish received more than 40 units of blood. It was later determined the bleeding was caused by lacerations to the uterine wall.

Today, after a long recuperation period, Trish, 38, is feeling good and ready to become a blood donor. She believes that had it not been for the generosity of anonymous blood donors and her faith, she would not be here today.  

Donors can make an appointment to give blood at the Knox County drive or find another donation location by visiting or calling 800-775-2522.

The Kentucky Blood Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. In the past year KBC processed and distributed 82,000 red blood cell units and 127,000 blood components in total.