When a Good Samaritan saves somebody’s life, they are often lauded publicly as a hero. But Rod Tyndall of Bixby would have to throw a big party for his heroes - he has 87 of them.
“It’s kind of overwhelming,” he said recently when he met two of the people who saved his life by donating blood. Tim Baker, 60, and Mitchell Gorman, 25, shared cake and stories with Tyndall. “I’ve donated blood so many years and most of the time I don’t know where it goes,” Baker said. Gorman, a pre-med and Spanish major at the University of Tulsa, was just 18 when he donated the blood that went to Tyndall. “It’s something you never really think a whole lot about. I try to donate pretty regularly.” It started in mid-May 2004 when Tyndall went to the emergency room for a severe stomachache. During surgery for what doctors feared was some kind of blockage, they discovered he had Crohn’s disease. As he was about to go home, his condition took a turn for the worse. By Memorial Day weekend, doctors told Tyndall’s wife, Sindi, that her husband wouldn’t survive because his organs were shutting down and he had sepsis. She brought in the couple’s two young boys to say goodbye to their father. But Tyndall kept holding on, even with kidney dialysis and more surgeries. Then he began to lose blood at breakneck speed. “It looked like more blood was coming out of his body that was going in,” Sindi Tyndall said. Over a period of 36 hours, Tyndall was infused with 87 units of blood products, including red blood cells, plasma and platelets. “He started stabilizing.
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Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Blood Thanks and Giving Day is Monday, Aug. 2:
About 60,000 blood donors are encouraged to wear symbolic armbands. And blood recipients are encouraged to wear wristbands that read “I am ALIVE thanks to a blood donor.”
Wristbands and armbands may be picked up any of 12 OBI donor centers throughout the state.
For more information about donating blood through OBI, go to tulsaworld.com/obi
Source: Oklahoma Blood Institute