Edmonton man returns to blood donor chair after collision nearly cost his life
Published Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:19PM MDT Last Updated Saturday, April 18, 2015 6:26PM MDT
Nearly three years after a motorcycle collision almost cost him his life, an Edmonton man is giving back in hopes of helping others in need.
For seven weeks after the collision in September, 2012, Trevor Smith was in a medically-induced coma.
“It was three days before they could tell my wife if I was going to live or die.”
He said it was months before doctors knew if he would be a quadriplegic or not.
“I had both hands severed at the wrist, broken collar bone, seven broken ribs, punctured lung. I had every vertebrae from my T10 down to my tailbone fractured. My pelvis was quite literally shattered both hips were broken and I suffered severe neurological damage to half the side of my body,” Smith told CTV News in 2014.
“I have beaten the odds all the way through and now it is time to start giving back.”
During his recovery Smith needed 71 units of blood and on Saturday he decided it was time to pay it forward.
“This is a little emotional for me. If other people hadn’t taken the time to donate I wouldn’t be here. Now I am giving it back.”
Smith and his friends from the Canadian Lone Wolves rider club continued their tradition of donating blood to Canadian Blood Services.
“We are starting our fifth year. Today’s donations, when we are through, will be over 400 donations. We are the only riding group that I know that have signed Partners for Life,” Ray Blackburn explained.
“The last time I donated blood was six weeks before the accident. I was a regular donor,” Smith said.
“The need for blood is constant. In fact, in Canada every 60 seconds someone needs blood or a blood product,” Keri Cable with Canadian Blood Services explained.
“In Trevor’s case, he had 71 different people donate blood in order for him to go through his entire course of treatment.
“For him to be back at the blood donor clinic here paying it forward is just really amazing to us.”
Smith said he simply wanted to help others who may be in need.
“Without people giving blood somebody is not going to make it. Somebody is going to be in need and there is going to be a shortage and they are not going to survive. They are not going to get the treatment that they need.
“This is just me paying it forward for somebody else who is going to need it and a lot more people need to do it.”
With files from Nicole Weisberg