HUTCHINSON, Minn. — The last thing Jenapher Blair asked her doctor July 21 was if she was going to die. She was experiencing excessive bleeding due to birthing complications, and her Hutchinson, Minnesota, doctors didn't have enough blood on hand.

"Everything was going smoothly until it wasn't," Blair said during a Tuesday, Aug. 17, news conference in Hutchinson that was also livestreamed.

So doctors made the call to get Blair the blood she needed, putting into motion a Minnesota State Patrol relay that brought Blair blood from 80 miles away. The efforts put forth that day ensured newborn Adalyn would be able to meet her mother.

Newborn Adalyn Blair was able to meet her mother, Jenapher, because Minnesota State Troopers were able to to deliver badly needed blood July 21 after Jenapher faced birthing complications in Hutchinson.
Newborn Adalyn Blair was able to meet her mother, Jenapher, because Minnesota State Troopers were able to to deliver badly needed blood July 21 after Jenapher faced birthing complications in Hutchinson.
Starting in St. Paul, a trooper picked up the blood from the American Red Cross blood bank in the Twin Cities and brought it to the St. Paul Downtown Airport, where a helicopter then brought it to Hutchinson.

Trooper Brett Stricker, speaking for the other troopers involved that day, said the original plan was to land at Hutchinson Health Hospital but an ambulance chopper was already on the pad, ready to whisk Blair away to a higher level of care once she received her transfusion.

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Trooper and helicopter pilot Todd Merwin made a decision to land at the Hutchinson City Airport, where the blood was handed off to two troopers on the ground who delivered it to the hospital.

From first call for more blood to the arrival at the hospital, about 65 minutes elapsed. Doctors would later tell Blair she would not have survived had the blood not arrived so quickly.



Stricker said during the news conference that they don't often hear about how "blood runs" turn out, often not knowing who is in need, or why they have a cooler in their vehicle, as they head to a hospital.

"We were overjoyed when we heard Jenapher made it," Stricker said.

State troopers have made more than 600 "blood runs" since 2012.

Blair, standing in front of her husband, Stephen, who was holding Adalyn dressed in a bow, said she plans on becoming an advocate for blood donation and is grateful for the team that helped her that day.

"Thank you for saving my life," she said. "My kids have their mom."

For American Red Cross blood drive locations, visit redcrossblood.org.

"Every donation might be the one that saves a life," Bob Bruce, of the American Red Cross, said during the conference.