PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Wednesday morning was an emotional one for the victim of a horrific car crash and the seven blood donors who saved his life.
By all accounts Cody Hermeling should not have survived the wreck three years ago.
He needed 187 pints of blood to bring him back to life after he was hit head-on by a driver going 90 mph. He was left blind by the wreck and still undergoes long-term physical therapy. But his spirits remain high.
"It's really nice meeting these people," he told KOIN 6 News. "They're essentially my blood brothers and sisters now."
On Wednesday morning, Hermeling for the first time was able to meet his donors in a special ceremony.
Medics admit they didn't think he would survive. But he beat the odds, thanks in part to the blood donors who saved his life -- with 187 pints of blood.
"Being a part of saving someone's life is almost beyond words," said one donor at Wednesday's ceremony.
"If it wasn't for one and all," Hermeling said Wednesday, "I wouldn't be here."
Stars Cabaret is still open Tuesday night, despite very serious allegations of prostituting out at least one 13-year-old girl from its Beaverton club.
Police are searching for a 9-year-old Gresham boy who ran away from home after an argument Tuesday night. Gresham Police reports officers are concerned because of the boy's young age and the cold weather.
A Washougal city councilmember pushing for a cut in funding to a Southwest Washington agency linked to abortion resources was voted down this week.
Students at Stephenson Elementary in Southwest Portland will return to class Wednesday, two days after water from broken pipes flooded their school.