Dozens donate after teenager nearly bled to death

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The August 23 crash along White Creek Avenue killed 16-year-old Wyatt Phillips. Sean Thompson nearly bled to death.

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WZZM)-People are rolling up their sleeves to support survivors of a deadly crash near Cedar Springs.

On August 23, Sean Thompson was leaving McDonalds with his two friends when 16-year-old Wyatt Phillips lost control of the car and hit a tree along White Creek Avenue. The accident killed Phillips and Thompson nearly bled to death.

"He had less than half of the blood that he should have had in his body," said Thompson's mother, Tami Elliston. "I don't think you realize how important it is to have blood until you really need it... had that not been there he wouldn't be here."

Saturday, Michigan Blood's mobile center parked outside the same McDonalds the teenagers left that day to accept blood donations. The community response was so overwhelming, some people were turned away. Nearly two dozen units were collected.

"It's good because we need this type of thing. I needed it," said Thompson, who visited the mobile center to show his support.

Thompson is still recovering from his closed head injury and is learning to walk again. The third passenger, Jonathan Klaasen, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Klaasen also visited the mobile donation center Saturday.

Organizers say the donors who were turned away Saturday will have a chance to donate at Michigan Blood's Fuller Street location next week.

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