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The Miracle of a Blood Donation

5-year-old twin sisters Lila and Kate MacKenzie are anything short of a miracle.
As Red Cross month continues this March and we ask you to donate blood, we want to share survivor stories, because your blood can mean the difference between life and death.

5-year-old twin sisters Lila and Kate MacKenzie are anything short of a miracle.

"When I was in mommy's tummy, Kate was sitting on my head," Lila  MacKenzie said. 

"We wanted children more than anything. That's our dream, our life," Jenny MacKenzie, Lila and Kate MacKenzie's mother, said.

Jenny and John MacKenzie had 6 unsuccessful pregnancies before giving birth to twin girls.

A prayer answered through in-vitro fertilization, but Jenny knew it wouldn't be easy.

Ten weeks early, she was induced into labor.

"Cesarean, babies are born behind the sheet," Jenny said. "You can't tell what's going on, but I heard them cry, and it was a great thing. But then the doctor came around, and she was crying. I asked what's wrong with the babies, the girls are fine, but you're not fine."

In her fragile state, doctors told Jenny she was hemorrhaging, and they were unable to stop the bleeding.

 "My husband told me later, the doctor took him out of the room, and said I probably wasn't going to make it," Jenny said. 

All the MacKenzies' wanted to do was to come home, and start their family, but that wouldn't have been possible without the help of strangers.

 "I lost more you can lose to stay alive. It took several blood transfusions to save my life, in addition to the emergency surgery," Jenny said. 

Blood donations, gifts from strangers, kept Jenny alive. 

"You can save a life at very little cost to yourself," Jenny said. 

After 10 weeks under doctors care, the MacKenzies finally made their dream come true.

"Every day, I'm just glad to see what they're doing, what they're excited about, and realize that I might not have been here to see that," Jenny said.

Jenny can't have any more children, but she cherishes every moment with her little miracles.

"It's the best gift anyone can give, to let someone live, to let them enjoy life to let them meet their children and see who they are becoming. I'm really grateful to the Red Cross," Jenny said. 

Mackenzie says she sat down with FOX 44 and ABC 22 because if she's able to convince one person to give, she knows one more will be living.
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