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Mum given 35 gallons of blood during labour gives interview

Gina Walker talks on TV show about her ordeal and how both mum and baby are doing well

Posted: 1 May 2012
by Sophie Westnedge
Blood Transfusion
Gina Walker needed 35 gallons of blood after giving birth to her daughter

A mother who needed a blood transfusion of 35 gallons of blood after giving birth has appeared on the Today show to give her first interview.

Mum-of-five Gina Walker, from Texas, USA, appeared on the show with her husband and baby daughter Addison Grace, reports The Daily Mail.

Gina was diagnosed with a rare condition called placenta percreta, which affects only around 1% of pregnancies, and is when the placenta moves into the uterine wall and into the bladder.

Gina revealed to host Ann Curry that there were complications from the moment she became pregnant.

“At the first appointment they couldn’t get a heartbeat and told me I had miscarried,” said Gina. “Two weeks later there were more complications, after that there was a new diagnosis about what was wrong and then there were blood clots, haemorrhages, you name it,” she said.

Gina was told before the caesarean section that she had a one-in-seven chance of survival. Her doctors thought she’d need ten litres of blood but she ended up needing around 117 litres in total.

Gina’s husband Dustin, who appealed on Facebook for friends and family to donate blood, got an overwhelming response. “A lot of our friends took the idea of donating blood and passed it to their friends across the country,” he said.

Gina and Dustin’s baby daughter survived and, now two-months-old, is fit and healthy.

“She’s feisty and a fighter. She’s tough and strong-willed already. I don’t take anything for granted anymore, whatsoever,” said Gina.

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