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Parents of crash victim plead for blood donations

21-year-old Shelby Hilton was badly injured in a car accident on May 10. Source: Facebook 21-year-old Shelby Hilton was badly injured in a car accident on May 10. Source: Facebook
Shelby Hilton's parents are reaching out to the public in hopes that people will come forward and donate blood. Her blood type is B positive. Source: WLBT Shelby Hilton's parents are reaching out to the public in hopes that people will come forward and donate blood. Her blood type is B positive. Source: WLBT
21-year-old Shelby Hilton was badly injured in a car accident on May 10. Source: WLBT 21-year-old Shelby Hilton was badly injured in a car accident on May 10. Source: WLBT
Shelby Hilton's parents are reaching out to the public in hopes that people will come forward and donate blood. Source: WLBT Shelby Hilton's parents are reaching out to the public in hopes that people will come forward and donate blood. Source: WLBT
21-year-old Shelby Hilton was badly injured in a car accident on May 10. Source: Facebook 21-year-old Shelby Hilton was badly injured in a car accident on May 10. Source: Facebook
FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Florence parents of a 21-year-old woman recently injured in a car accident is reaching out to the public for blood donations.

Stephen and Samantha Hilton realize the importance of donating blood after their daughter Shelby suffered injuries in a crash Thursday.

It's the call no parent ever wants to receive, but on May 10, the Hilton's got the terrifying news from a stranger that their daughter Shelby was badly injured.

"She said your daughter's been in an accident, and I said 'Oh my God," recalled Samantha Hilton.  

Shelby, a sculptor who graduated from the Mississippi School of Arts, was trapped for two hours in her Saturn Vue after hitting a car and crossing into the path of an 18-wheeler on Highway 18.

READ MORE: One injured in 18-wheeler crash on Highway 18 near Morrow Road

"She lost a lot of blood at the scene but at that point she hadn't dipped down in the low levels," said Hilton. "So instead of going into surgery that night, they just reset bones and we went into surgery the next day."

The crash caused Shelby to have broken arms, legs, fractured fingers and a shattered knee, and she also faces more surgery.

The Hinds Community College student's parents are reaching out to request blood donations. Her blood type is B-Positive.

The Hilton's say so far, she has used six pints of blood while hospitalized.

"You never know. You think you're not gonna need it, it's not gonna happen to you or it's not gonna happen to your children, but you never ever know," said Hilton. "And it isn't until that moment that you need that that's when you realize how much you have done."

Emily Austin with Mississippi Blood Services said they are seeing an inventory shortage on several blood types, but as of Monday morning they are still able to fill hospital's minimal orders with these blood types.

However, Austin says they are in urgent need of platelets and currently do not have any available to send to hospitals.

If you would like to donate blood to Shelby Hilton her donation code is DQ93.

With the summer travel period approaching, Mississippi Blood Services urges you to donate blood and give the gift of life.

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