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An Unexpected Accident, a Lifesaving Intervention

10/03/2018
By Jeffery Diffy, ASBP blood donor recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.
More than a decade ago, then 16-year-old Megan Johnston was sitting on the passenger’s side enjoying the day riding the dunes with her father in Florence, Oregon. While stopped, a motorcycle making a jump landed on them; Johnston sustained grave injuries that required immediate medical intervention.

The motorcycle impact came suddenly- from 30 feet above- but Steven Moore, Johnston’s father, tried to protect his daughter, fracturing his wrist in the process. Despite his attempt, the force of the vehicle caused immediate and serious injuries to Johnston: a ruptured liver, broken ribs, a collapsed lung and hemorrhaging that threatened her life.

Johnston was rushed to the nearest hospital to receive blood that she urgently needed. However, the level of care needed exceeded their trauma capacity and once blood transfusions were administered and she was stabilized, she was put on a life-flight to a different hospital.

Once she arrived at Portland Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, Johnston was rushed into surgery where more blood was transfused. During this point in her struggle to survive, Johnston flat-lined and immediate resuscitation was administered. Thankfully, doctors successfully revived her and she began her journey of recovery.

In the years since her tragedy, Johnston continues to require surgery for ongoing issues related to the accident. Currently, she is focused on her brother, Navy Seaman Recruit Payton Moore’s graduation from Navy basic training in Great lakes, Illinois. She said, “I’m so proud of my brother for serving in the U.S. Navy. I love him very much and appreciate everyone who has helped me along the way.”

Johnston’s near-death experience made a lasting impression on Moore; he donated blood while attending boot camp.

“I almost lost my sister, my best friend…donating blood is what saves lives. It only takes a few minutes out of your day to help someone in need. Save a life and donate blood!”

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.