SAN ANTONIO -

KSAT12 has launched "KSAT COMMUNITY", a community-wide initiative that will use the power of its media properties to promote local initiatives that will help the greatest number of South Texas residents during 2014, it was announced by KSAT12 Vice-President/General Manager Phil Lane.
"It's a concerted effort to focus the most attention on community projects which will have greatest impact in 2014," Lane said.
The very first KSAT COMMUNITY project will be a city-wide blood drive with University Health System and the University Hospital Blood Bank.
The blood drive is being held after a woman needing more than 33 gallons of blood after childbirth led to a national blood drive.
On Feb. 15, 2012, Gina Walker nearly died during childbirth, as doctors urgently pumped 540 units of blood products into her body to replace the blood she was losing.
Doctors knew in advance that Mrs. Walker had placenta percreta, an extremely rare pregnancy complication, but they never imagined it would take more than 33 gallons of blood to save her life.
Placenta percreta happens when the placenta attaches itself and grows through the uterus, sometimes extending to nearby organs.
Thanks to University Hospital's dedicated blood donors and medical team, Gina Walker beat the odds. And now, with her husband Dustin, and nearly 2-year-old daughter, Gina Walker is launching a national campaign and blood drive to increase education about this dangerous condition and providing support for moms-to-be diagnosed with it.
On Friday, Jan. 10, blood banks across the nation will join Gina Walker in encouraging people to roll up their sleeves to help save lives.
About one in 2,500 pregnancies results in placenta accreta. There is nothing a woman can do to prevent it, and there is little that can be done to treat it, other than for the delivery team to be prepared for a great deal of blood loss during the birth. And that takes blood donors.
"It's because of the generous giving spirit of University Hospital's blood donors and my faith in God that I'm alive today. It's our turn to give back," Gina Walker said.
Since their ordeal, Walker and her husband have not only become blood donors themselves, they also started the Hope for Accreta Foundation. Information on their efforts can be found online at HopeforAccreta.org.
In San Antonio, people are encouraged to give blood at University Hospital's Blood Donor Center from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
Mrs. Walker will be in attendance to personally thank each donor. Other locations that will be set up locally include:

Wednesday and Thursday:
University Hospital, 4502 Medical Drive, Blood Donor Room, 3rd Floor Drive, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Robert B. Green Campus, 903 W. Martin, Conference Room-Rm C3.516, 3rd Floor Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday:
University Hospital, 4502 Medical Drive, Blood Donor Room, 3rd Floor Drive, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hope Church (17903 Corporate Woods, SAT 78259), 10 a.m. to 3.p.m.

If you missed out on the blood drives but would like to donate blood at a later date, please visit the University Health System website for more information.