It was exactly four years ago this week that one Exeter man received a double lung transplant. Now, healthy, he is out promoting blood donations that helped save his life.
Keith Bloomer is happy to be alive today. Four years ago he was in rough shape, "I was very sick. I needed an undisclosed amount of blood...I'm actually scared to ask how much it was. I do know that after the surgery I had two bleeding stomach ulcers and needed five units of blood for that."
Today, he is healthy because of blood and organ donations. That is why he is out volunteering and speaking out with the Rhode Island Blood Center to promote giving blood.
Frank Prosnitz, Communications Manager for the Blood Center explains, "forty-five minutes maximum. You come in here, you donate blood and you feel great about it. You feel terrific because you're helping somebody. We have to collect 280 pints of blood every day."
This morning, MetLife Insurance in Warwick was recognized for the blood drives they hold four times a year. The Rhode Island Blood Center calls it a 'Season's Pass.' With every four seasons of blood drives, a painting is donated to MetLife and others who participate in the Season's Pass. MetLife has been holding blood drives since 1984 and has so far collected more than 13,000 pints of blood.