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Fargo Man Thanks Blood Donors After His Near-Fatal Crash

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In June of 2009, a Fargo man was hit head-on while driving down the interstate.

His vehicle was crushed, but with the help of emergency responders and medical professionals he survived.

Although he's thankful to them, today he gets to say thank you to a very special group of strangers who also indirectly helped save his life.

Vince Ulstad of Fargo was nearly killed in a head-on crash in June of 2009.

Four years later, he still has injuries from the accident.

Vince is now completely blind, and walks with a limp due to a shattered pelvis from crash.

Despite his injuries, he gives strong hugs, especially when it comes to this roomful of strangers who played a vital role in his survival.

"In the few weeks prior to Vince's accident, there were 55 volunteers who donated blood and platelets." says Connie Morris, Exec. Director United Blood Services of Dakotas.

"I have often thought of those 55 units of blood and the arms and the lives that they have come out of, it is absolutely powerful to me to have been given that gift." says Vince Ulstad, blood donation recipient, Fargo.

Nine of the 55 blood donors are here in Bismarck to meet the man that they helped.

"Not everybody gets this opportunity, my parents didn't get this opportunity to meet the vast number of people their blood did help, that's why I came today." says Linette Irwin, blood donor, Hazen.

"When you give blood you're not thinking of what it will do but when the reality hits it's like wow, great thing for sure." says Kevin Irwin, blood donor, Hazen.

"I'm just overwhelmed as a mother full of tears, good tears..." says Willane Ulstad, Vince's mom.

"Hopefully it'll lead to continued things like this to encourage the donation of blood." says Roland Ulstad, Vince's dad.

Their son will hopefully make an impact as he pours his heart out to those who have made such a difference.

"I'm just overwhelmed at what others have done for me." says Vince.

"He just said thanks for giving to me and keep it up." says Linette and Kevin Irwin.

Vince was a blood donor for many years.

He says while he would like to continue, for medical reasons he can no longer make the donations.

He's hoping his story however, will inspire others to roll up a sleeve and donate blood.

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