When Angela Wolfmeier-Gibson woke up in Lutheran Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit this past July, she couldn’t remember why she was there.
She and her husband, Todd Gibson, had come to the hospital to deliver their first child and had opted to have a C-section after almost two days of waiting.
“At first I thought I had fallen,” Wolfmeier-Gibson said. “I didn’t remember anything, but I was speechless when I heard what had happened.”
As it turned out, she had hemorrhaged so badly after her C-section that she need 167 units of blood to save her life. Her daughter, Olivia, was safe and healthy, but for several days, it was touch and go for Wolfmeier-Gibson.
On Feb. 6, Wolfmeier-Gibson, her husband, daughter and parents returned to Lutheran for cake, snacks and more than a few tears and hugs with the medical and nursing teams that saved her life.
“So many of them I don’t remember, so I’m telling them all ‘nice to meet you, and thank you for taking care of me,’ ” Wolfmeier-Gibson said. “Olivia is absolutely amazing, and the reason I’m meant to be here.”
Olivia and her mother were certainly the center of attention, with nurses exclaiming how big she had gotten over the past six months, and how much better Wolfmeier-Gibson looked since everyone saw her last.
“I feel like we never get to see people after the fact,” said ICU nurse Mary Simonds, who came in on her day off to see the family.
The Wolfmeier-Gibson family was more than happy to see everyone, and Diana Wolfmeier, Wolfmeier-Gibson’s mother, made a point to give every nurse a tearful hug.
“All the doctors and nurses were amazing,” Gibson said. “They went above and beyond for all of us during the whole experience.”
The experience taught Wolfmeier-Gibson the importance of family, and giving back to those who need it.
“I’m so thankful to be alive, and that’s because of the donated blood given to me,” she said. “Everyone should donate blood, because you never know when you’ll need it.”