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Blood donors are heroes for Bixby man

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.

World Staff Writer
Modified: July 31, 2010 at 9:35 am •  Published: July 30, 2010

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. By the end of June, we started waking him up,” Sindi Tyndall said.

The amount of blood Tyndall required is typically seen only in traumas, such as automobile wrecks, said Crystal Farrimond, executive director of the nonprofit Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Tulsa center.

“That is ten times the amount of an average person’s blood volume.

It is not something that is routine,” she said.

“There is nothing routine about Rod,” chuckled Marietta Farmer, Tyndall’s co-worker at Spirit Aerosystems who organized the blood drive for him when he fell ill.

Until Tyndall’s need, she said she didn’t realize OBI supplies the blood for 85 percent of Oklahoma hospitals. So that’s why she turned to OBI to arrange a blood drive for Tyndall.

Now Tyndall, 48, is back to work full-time and can do nearly anything he wants to do.

“I’ve never seen someone so determined from day one to get over something,” Farmer said.

Tyndall’s wife, Sindi, says God has a purpose for Tyndall’s life.

“He’s a miracle. That’s all there is to it,” she said.

Kim Archer 581-8315

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
Source: Oklahoma Blood Institute


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