16-year old Keanan Block is a healthy high school junior.
Two months ago, he wasn’t.
It was the Iolani junior’s birthday when he discovered he was bleeding internally. Turns out, he needed over 11 units of blood.
“The best way I can describe receiving blood is that it's almost as if you're taking in air after holding in air for a really long time. You just feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and you feel so much better - a million times better,” Block said.
After spending numerous hours in the hospital, doctors found what they called a “very suspicious” area in his intestine. They cauterized the area or removed the area. Block is now able to go back to playing tennis and karate - two sports he loves.
“I feel completely back to normal and everyone's treating me like normal and I've never felt so happy to be normal again,” Block said.