Transfusion saved my life, says mum

A MUM hose life was saved by a blood transfusion after the birth of her son is urging people to become donors.

Baby Zach weighed in at 10lb 7oz son when he was born inDoncaster Royal Infimary in November 2008.

Soon after he was born, Lois, 37, passed out as she had lost so much blood during Zach’s difficult entry into the world.

She said: “I didn’t realise how physically and emotionally drained I was.

“I just didn’t have the strength to be able to look after Zach as I wanted to and as a new-born demands – even just comforting and feeding was a struggle.

“But having the transfusion gave me some of that strength back and helped me cope.

“I cannot stress how grateful I am and to say thank you so much to those who choose to donate blood – it is such a selfless and valuable act. It helped me get back to being myself and to be there for Zach – so thanks from us both.”

Lois had enjoyed a problem-free pregnancy nad there were no indcations that anything was wrong when she went into labour.

But soon after Zach made his entry into the world, Lois passed out and needed 700ml of blood..

Medics could find no obvious explanation of what went wrong. “I can only think that it was down to his size,” said Lois.

Lois’ only regret is that , as a blood recipient, she is not able to donate herself.

Lois, who works for Doncaster Council, told her story to highlight National Blood Week, which led to over 1,700 people in South Yorkshire making a date to donate, and nearly 500 registering to donate for the first time.

Holly Mason, donor relations manager, South Yorkshire said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the public’s response to our National Blood Week campaign and would like to thank all of the first time and regular donors in Yorkshire and the Humber who made a ‘date to donate’, a simple act that will help to save and improve many lives.

“However, to maintain national blood stocks, we need over 172,000 donations and 21,000 new donors every year in Yorkshire and the Humber alone, and there is a lack of regular young donors.

“We therefore urge the younger generation to make a date to donate and become life savers of the future.”

* Over 4 per cent of the eligible population are active blood donors

* The NHS needs 7,000 voluntary donations of blood daily

* A unit of blood is measured as 470mls (or just under a pint)

* Whole blood donors can give every 16 weeks, that’s three times per year

* First time donors should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in good health. If they have donated before, they can start again up to their 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.