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FEEL


GOOD. GIVE BLOOD.


A Life Saving Gift


About 30 minutes after they left his house, he was in the back of the family car on the way to Arbuckle Memorial Hospital emergency room in Sulphur. Ty’s body was in shock. His blood vessels had collapsed. Upon his arrival to Arbuckle Memorial, Ty was immediately given two units of O-negative blood (the universal blood type), a typical procedure for trauma patients to combat possible internal bleeding and shock. Doctors quickly decided to transport Ty via helicopter to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City for more treatment options, but before he could make the flight, Ty needed an additional two units of blood.


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The damage was extensive and irreparable. Doctors tried to save his lung during the 6-hour emergency


The Kisers particularly touched the staff at OU Medical Center because just weeks prior to this catastrophic hunting accident, Janis Kiser buried her husband. Ty said goodbye to his dad, Billy Joe Kiser, on April 5, 2011, who lost his battle with colon cancer just two months prior to Ty’s accident. Janis Kiser said, “For just a brief moment I thought, ‘You know, my husband just died. I might lose Ty, too.’ And then I thought, ‘My God is bigger than that. We’ll just have to see.’”


Ty remained in the Trauma One Center at OU Medical Center for 59 days and another 20 days in rehab at The Children’s Center in Bethany before being released on August 22, 2011. Neither Ty nor his mother had been home in nearly 3 months.


We’re teaming up to save lives through blood donation: Join Our Team on July 3


surgery, but the surgeon decided that wasn’t going to work. Removing a lung is a gut-wrenching decision. It has a survival rate of about 1 to 2 percent. Ty received 68 more units of blood in the first 24 hours after his surgery. Janis Kiser, remembers the surgeon’s words after surgery. “Right now Ty has more of a chance of dying than living.” Over the course of the next two months, Ty would meet death face-to-face daily. The injured lung failed. His intestines failed. His kidneys failed. Ty spent a month in a coma strapped to a ventilation bed while doctors waited to see if his one lung would be enough to keep him alive.


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Odds were that Ty wouldn’t return, but he did.


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Ty and his family, like most people, say that before the accident, they tended to take for granted that emergency personnel and blood products will be available when needed. That has forever changed for Ty’s family; they are extremely grateful for both the medical staff and blood that saved his life; never again will they take that for granted. Janis Kiser says, “I’ll never be able to repay, and thank and express to people how much we, our family, just appreciates all the love and support that we’ve had.”


Most would agree love and support is the underlying inspiration for blood donation. In honor of Ty’s courageous battle and the role generous blood donors played in saving his life, PEC is happy to join forces once again this year with Valley View Regional Hospital, Chickasaw Nation Medical Center and the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Make plans now to join us!


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Annual Ada All-American Blood Drive Tuesday, July 3, 2012 PEC Headquarters


1600 North Country Club Road, Ada 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


For Those Who Wish to Donate Blood •





Age and weight criteria are as follows: 16 year olds with signed parental permission must weigh at least 125 pounds; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; and those 18 or older should weigh at least 110 pounds.


Those donating blood at PEC on July 3, 2012, will receive admission vouchers for two admissions to the Oklahoma City Zoo along with a “Feel Strong—Give Blood” t-shirt and a voucher for two tickets to an Oklahoma City Red Hawks game, and will be entered into numerous prize drawings.


(Above) l-r, Ty Kiser, Janis Kiser and Trey Kiser celebrate life together everyday.


So what is Ty up to these days? Ty trained with the baseball team this spring. He dreams of returning to the gridiron this fall. Doctors have discouraged Ty from contact sports and riding horses. But Ty doesn’t always listen to the experts. Watching Ty defy the odds is something Janis is getting used to.


Every two seconds someone needs blood. There is no substitute for human blood. Supplies must be constantly renewed.


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