Suzanne Higgs started having severe pains on Mother's Day, 2005. When she got to the hospital, she realized her problem was far more severe than she imagined.
"They kept asking my husband, well, how did she come in here, and he said, well she walked. She walked in here. And they couldn't believe I had walked, because they said I should have been dead with my hemoglobin at four," says Higgs.
Doctors told her, she had a severe kidney infection.
"And they ended up giving me 12 pints of blood and they took out the kidney," Higgs says.
Healthcare professionals say most surgeries take two pints of blood, maybe four. The 12 Suzanne needed was rare.
"12 pints of blood in one person is a lot of blood, and if they didn't have that supply in there, I don't know if I would have made it to be honest with you," Higgs says.
Suzanne's daughter, Amanda knows that. So, she decided it was time to overcome her fear of needles and contribute to the very thing that saved her mother's life. She rolled up her sleeve for the first time in October at Gulfport High's blood drive.
"When I went in on Halloween to get the blood drive, I was shaking I had to have someone walk with me to the checkpoint. Knowing that my mom took so much blood and knowing that it saved her life really, really impacted me into sucking it up and just going in there and facing my fear," daughter Amanda says.
And it's because of people just like Amanda, that her mom is alive today.
"I feel like because I've received from 12 different people, I'm a better person. And I say I have a little bit of everybody in me now. Doesn't matter who they are or where they came from," Higgs says.