MBTA officer injured during Boston bomber shootout to host blood drive
Doctors at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge said Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue lost nearly every drop of blood in his body after being shot during a standoff with alleged Boston Marathon bombers in April.
That’s why Donohue, 33, and his wife Kim helped put on a blood drive Thursday at the Boston Marriott Copley Place – to help give back to those who helped him survive.
“When I was shot in Watertown. I required 46 blood products and about 26 units of blood – from what I understood, that’s more than two full people’s worth of blood. That’s why I’m here today. If people didn’t give blood in such amounts, I wouldn’t be here,” said Donohue, who was expected to host part of the drive.
“(The blood) replenished my system, and kept my body functioning. I’m much better off than I could have been,” said Donohue.
The event, which benefits Mount Auburn and is being organized by the American Red Cross, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hotel.
About 150 people had signed up by Wednesday night.
Donohue said his recovery is progressing, slowly but surely.
“I’m feeling pretty good I’ve got a long way to go,” he said. “I’ve learned to be very patient with things. I still have limitations, but I have to focus on the positive and move forward everyday.”
For more information contact the American Red Cross at 617-274-5200.