"He's really happy to be alive:" Blood saved a Green Bay man's life, but not a typical amount
MILWAUKEE -- A July farming accident left him inches from death. Flight for Life paramedics say blood saved a Green Bay man's life, but not a typical amount.
Flight for Life paramedic Pete Brierton is used to handling blood, but he's usually putting it in people.
Flight Paramedic Pete Brierton
"It seems like it's coming full circle for us," said Brierton.
He and his flight nurse are both donating to the Blood Center of Wisconsin because of a call they received back in July. A farming accident, where the odds didn't appear to be in their favor.
"We had to stop at the blood bank at Froedtert and pick up a large cooler full of blood, which is very unusual," said Brierton.
When they got to Jason Pansier, who was trapped under a tractor for two hours, he had already received 80 units of blood -- and that was just the beginning.
"He received over 300 units of blood product. In all the medical personnel I know, none of us have ever heard anyone receiving anywhere near that much amount of blood product," said Brierton.
Thank you note from Jason Pansier
Holly Schlag knows her brother beat the odds.
"He's really happy to be alive," said Schlag.
And she knows donors are to thank.
"I look at every donor and think, you saved Jason, just really want to go give them a hug," said Schlag.
Jason is still at Froedtert Hospital recovering, and while he's there he's been writing personalized thank yous to donors. He plans on writing personal thank you notes to everybody who donates today.