Officer Roccaforte with Dr Ethan Taub

Officer Roccaforte with Dr Ethan Taub

WEST HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) - Three minutes. Had Tara Roccaforte’s son gotten medical care and a blood transfusion just three minutes later, he wouldn’t have survived.

Houston Officer Taylor Roccaforte was shot three times while chasing a robbery suspect Sept. 12. His bulletproof vest stopped two bullets, but the third hit a vein, his colon, bladder and small intestines. Officer Roccaforte underwent more than five hours of surgery and required seven units of red blood cells, six units of plasma and one unit of platelets. A week later, he left the hospital “a walking miracle.”

“We had many heroes to thank for saving his life that night, but receiving the blood that he needed was one of the main reasons he lived,” Tara Roccaforte said.

That’s why she’s partnered with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to host a blood drive to honor both Officer Roccaforte and his surgeon, Dr. Ethan Taub.

The drive is Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westside Lexus, 12000 Katy Freeway.

Tara Roccaforte said she’s donated for years at Klein High School, where she works, and understands its importance of giving the gift of life. She’s made a point of thanking everyone involved in saving the young officer’s life two months ago, and hosting a blood drive is one more way she can show her appreciation.

“People really don’t understand. They saved my son’s life. God put certain people in these certain places,” Tara Roccaforte said. “Literally, if any one thing hadn’t been in place, he wouldn’t have made it.”

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. The Blood Center is a non-profit organization and is accredited by the Food and Drug Administration.

For more information or to help save lives, visit giveblood.org.

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