BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Imagine this: A day before marrying the love of your life, you get a phone call saying that they’ve nearly lost their life in an accident.

“The fire department answered and said he had been in a bad motorcycle accident and was pretty banged up,” said Megan Foster, wife.

Nick Foster almost lost his life in an October crash. Foster was rushed to the hospital for multiple internal and external surgeries. The scariest part, he lost 80 percent of his blood during a blood shortage.

“I believe he got 35 units of blood he actually had to receive,” said Megan.

The American Red Cross declared its first-ever national blood crisis. The Blood Center’s Medical Director Dr. Tim Peterson said they are in desperate need of donations.

“Right now across the country, there’s less than a one day’s blood supply,” he said.

Nick was fighting for his life in the ICU. Megan took to Facebook to ask family and friends for blood donations. They say it’s the support of their loved ones that Nick is alive today.

“Blessed, truly blessed. I wouldn’t want nobody else to experience the worry, what my family and friends had to worry if I have enough to make it out,” said Nick.

Doctor Peterson said there are a number of reasons for the blood shortage.

“A lot of it has to do with the time of year. Anytime we have holidays in session, our schools and colleges are available for mobile blood drives. But, since the event of Covid, since 2020 we had a very limited collection at high schools and colleges,” said Peterson. “Our younger donors provide 20-25 percent of donations.”

After nearly four months in the ICU, Nick is back home on bed rest for another four months with a changed heart about donating blood.

“It’s definitely going to be a scheduled thing that I just go and do as often as I can. So that when situations like this happen the hospitals have the blood and supplies they need to save a life,” said Megan.

Nick and Megan will not let anything stop them. The couple tied the knot at the hospital, a time they will forever cherish.

“Finally being able to get married after waiting was definitely a blessing,” said Megan.

Those who want to donate to Nick’s medical expenses can do so here.

Information on donating blood is available here.