Shaun Brennan is credited for saving 1,500 lives from his 501 blood and platelet donations
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man is credited for saving as much as 1,500 lives simply by the straightforward act of donating blood.
Shaun Brennan is well known for reaching a milestone few have—donating blood greater than 500 instances. 501 instances now to be precise.
“I simply made it part of my way of life and on September 17, I sat in a donor chair for the five hundredth time,” Brennan stated.
Donating and advocating for blood donations has turn into a life mission for Brennan. His first donation was within the ’90s on the suggestion of a co-worker.
“I used to be slightly apprehensive, slightly nervous, and I’m not an enormous fan of needles both identical to everybody else and so I made the donation and I stated this isn’t too dangerous so I scheduled one other donation eight weeks later,” Brennan stated.
To achieve a milestone of 501 donations isn’t a simple feat contemplating the time between donations is required. Individuals should wait for no less than 56 days between blood donations. Platelets may be donated 24 instances a 12 months.
Whereas blood donations dropped throughout the pandemic, Brennan didn’t relent and stored donating.
“I wouldn’t be capable of look myself within the mirror if I had stopped,” he stated. “I already the disaster was dangerous and it was getting worse with the pandemic.”
The American Pink Cross stated provides haven’t been this low in over a decade. For the reason that summer season, donations have dropped 30%.
The elevated want is strengthening Brennan’s drive to encourage others to donate.
“Once I take into consideration folks within the hospital and getting essential want and in the event that they get these life-saving blood platelets and plasma blood merchandise, they’ve a preventing probability to proceed dwelling,” Brennan stated. “In the event that they don’t, they’re in slightly little bit of hassle. So, I suppose, that was the impetus behind me persevering with to donate. It’s all about saving lives.”
Brennan demonstrates how donating blood is wholesome and hasn’t impacted his life. He stated he hasn’t taken a sick day since 1985. He additionally has run for greater than 3,150 days in a row for the trigger.
Brennan will go in for his 502nd donation within the upcoming days.
His five hundredth donation was additionally made further particular for him.
A former Nationwide Guard member, his five hundredth donation went to veterans at Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, MO.