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Supermodel Niki Taylor Thanks American Red Cross Blood Donors Who Saved Her Life

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(Photo Credit: American Red Cross)

It’s the last place anyone wants to be: lying in a hospital bed, facing the possibility of death because of severe trauma. Unfortunately, supermodel Niki Taylor found herself in that position after a car accident back in 2001. After losing over eighty percent of her blood and remaining unconscious for a month and half, the supermodel with gratefulness and curiosity in her heart. In an interview with Mrs. Taylor earlier this week, she stated that she wanted to know what her donors were like because she had a little piece of all of them inside her.

Niki Taylor and blood donors (Photo Credit--www.redcross.org)

Niki Taylor and blood donors (Photo Credit–www.redcross.org)

Mrs. Taylor went to the American Red Cross office in Atlanta, GA this past week to meet with a handful of the 100 donors that were responsible for saving her life. She joyously greeted all of them with hugs and kisses, and the small crowd responded with an equal amount of enthusiasm. One of the donors, Richard Williams, was grateful to finally have a solid reason to give blood and was delighted to meet Mrs. Taylor. Jokingly, he said “It’s nice to say that one pint of me is a supermodel.”

Niki Taylor (Photo Credit--www.prevention.com)

Niki Taylor (Photo Credit–www.prevention.com)

Another donor named Dotty Davis was also present to share the exciting introduction, calling it ‘cool’ to meet the woman who was saved by a pint of her blood. Mrs. Taylor was all smiles throughout the meeting and called the experience ‘a blessing’. The supermodel also spoke on the importance of donating blood while thanking the people who helped to save her own life. All who were present agreed with Mrs. Taylor, many of them stating that they were very happy to know that giving their blood has gone towards a life saving effort.

Though Mrs. Taylor’s experience is an unusual one, as most donors are unaware of where their donated blood ends up, it seems that this show of thankfulness might entice more people than ever to donate. If you would like to learn more about donating blood and how it could save a life, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/ to find out more.

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