Blood donation helps save Claiborne County baby's life

Blood donation helps save Claiborne County baby's life

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Makayla Beth and Weston Shipley of Claiborne County are a cute young couple who just welcomed their baby Jaycee May on November 21. Makayla Beth and Weston Shipley of Claiborne County are a cute young couple who just welcomed their baby Jaycee May on November 21.
While Jaycee May is doing well today, technically she shouldn't be here yet. She wasn't due until January 24. While Jaycee May is doing well today, technically she shouldn't be here yet. She wasn't due until January 24.
Just before Thanksgiving, Makayla Beth developed complications from high blood pressure. Because her blood platelet count was severely low, she couldn't have an emergency C-section until she had a transfusion. Just before Thanksgiving, Makayla Beth developed complications from high blood pressure. Because her blood platelet count was severely low, she couldn't have an emergency C-section until she had a transfusion.
Thanks to someone who donated at MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Makayla and her baby were quickly out of danger. Thanks to someone who donated at MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Makayla and her baby were quickly out of danger.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) - A young East Tennessee couple is thankful for life after a close call before the birth of their baby daughter.

Makayla Beth and Weston Shipley of Claiborne County are a cute young couple who just welcomed their baby Jaycee May on November 21.

While Jaycee May is doing well today, technically she shouldn't be here yet. She wasn't due until January 24.

Just before Thanksgiving, Makayla Beth developed complications from high blood pressure.

"It was terrifying when I had to deliver her either that night or the next morning," she said.

Because her blood platelet count was severely low, she couldn't have an emergency C-section until she had a transfusion.

Her husband was working four hours away.

"I more or less freaked out and I broke down right there," said Weston Shipley.

Thanks to someone who donated at MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Makayla and her baby were quickly out of danger.

Weston made it to the hospital in time to hear his daughter's healthy cries.

The Shipleys are now a little family ready for a healthy journey through life thanks to someone else who took the time to give.

"We're just so thankful that it all came together and that I was okay, and most importantly she was okay."

A number of events are going on next week for WATE, Star 102.1 and MEDIC's Roll Up Your Sleeve week. For information on how to donate, click here.

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