Pleasanton man donates blood one year after farming accident nearly took his life

According to medics, Scott Mussey lost half of his body’s blood.

A year after he nearly died while working on his family farm, a Pleasanton man is now giving back. On the anniversary of his accident, he hosted a blood drive. The man tells KSAT reporter Leigh Waldman that he got a second lease on life and he doesn't want to waste it.

PLEASANTON – The scars run deep along Scott Mussey’s arm.

“It’s mostly functional. I still don’t have any nerve feeling in my index finger or my thumb,” Mussey said, gesturing to his hand.

All things considered, it’s a small price to pay after a farming accident on April 14th, 2021 nearly took Mussey away from his family.

“I was almost done working on my little project and I heard a loud noise and it was just like a big pop,” Mussey said.

His arm was severed down to the bone and Mussey was bleeding heavily.

His medical team later said he lost nearly half of his body’s blood while his wife Melissa applied pressure to the wound.

“I had conversations with him. I had conversations with the 911 operator. I had conversations with God,” Melissa Mussey said.

Mussey was flown to University Medical Center by San Antonio AirLife.

He was given two transfusions of whole blood on the way, thanks to the Brothers In Arms program.

“I can 100% say without that blood, his outcome would have been different. It would have been obviously a lot more detrimental,” Rolando Longoria, the clinical-based lead for AirLife 4, said.

Mussey’s surgeon told him as a safety protocol, he had to wait before he could donate blood.

“It’s been one year since my accident and so I’m ready to roll up my sleeve today,” Mussey said.

Mussey’s donation was also special because it was on the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s brand new Alyx Machine.

“It’s kind of our machine that collects the door donations that can collect plasma and red blood cells. It has a smaller needle,” Roger Ruiz, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s senior corporate communications specialist said.

The STBTC has eight of these machines, which allows them to collect more blood cells and plasma needed.

These machines can help a greater number of patients, giving others like Mussey a second chance.

“There’s things that he would be missing and we’re so grateful that he’s not going to have to miss anything,” Melissa said.

Ruiz said they’ll have the Alyx machines on four of their mobile donation sites next month. They’re able to perform a plasma-only collection, which will add another option to their mobile procedures.

About the Authors:

Leigh Waldman is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2021. Leigh comes to San Antonio from the Midwest after spending time at a station in Omaha, NE. After two winters there, she knew it was time to come home to Texas. When Leigh is not at work, she enjoys eating, playing with her dogs and spending time with family.

Gavin Nesbitt is a photojournalist and video editor who joined KSAT in September 2021. He has traveled across the great state of Texas to film, conduct interviews and edit many major news stories, including the White Settlement church shooting, Hurricane Hanna, 2020 presidential campaigns, Texas border coverage and the Spurs.