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Mum whose baby was saved by blood transfusions calls on others to donate
1:30pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Local
STAFF from NHS Blood and Transplant travelled the country throughout August to thank donors who give up their time selflessly to help others and to recruit new donors for the future.
Worcester’s ‘Summer Superhero Road Show’ was held in Worcester High Street on Friday, August 30. It saw blood donors team up with staff from NHS Blood and Transplant to spread the word and sign up superheroes of the future.
Blood recipient Veronica Haines, aged 31, of Winyates East, Redditch, attended the event with her son Max who also needed blood immediately after he was born. She needed a transfusion two days after giving birth to her daughter in 2008. And just four years later her son Max needed a blood transfusion when he was born, and when he was five weeks old, due to complications with antibodies in his blood.
The grateful mum said: “I thought I was just tired, having had an emergency C-section and a new baby, but I was very poorly. I couldn’t function properly for my daughter. As soon as the first unit went in, I felt different and after the fourth, I felt so much better and it ensured I could be a proper mother to my daughter.
“Without the blood for Max, our son wouldn’t be here. He was so very poorly. I always used to give blood as often as I could. Receiving blood has shown me just how important it is. I have no idea whose blood Max and I had but we are eternally grateful for their selfless act.”
Shailesh Mistry, lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We want to thank all our donors - ordinary people who do an extraordinary thing by giving blood and helping save the lives of people they don’t know. They really are true superheroes.
“We hope those who haven’t donated before or for some time will be inspired to become the superheroes of the future. We always need more donors to replace those who can no longer give blood and there are plenty of sessions nearby in the coming weeks.”
Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. For more details, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.
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