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Most of my regular readers will know that we are a heart family. My husband Craig received his life-saving heart transplant in October 2014 after a short illness. Without the gift from Craig’s organ donor, he would not be alive today. There are, however, many other people that have given a blood donation that go about their business every day, without having the recognition that they deserve.
Two weeks after Craig’s transplant, his new heart developed a small bleed. This led to a condition called tamponade. This is when the space around the heart fills with fluid. This fluid then restricts the heart from pumping and an operation is necessary to remove the pressure. It came completely out of the blue and he was very fortunate to still be in the hospital when it happened.
After what we thought was the end of a very stressful and worrying journey, Craig had lost a lot of blood and needed a transfusion. He then underwent a second operation to repair the hole.
Blood donors are a vital resource to the health service. Without blood donors, many of the fantastic things that the doctors do would be impossible. Transfusions help thousands of people each day, and not just through surgery. In fact, just over a quarter of all blood received is used in surgery, 6% is used after childbirth and the rest is used to treat medical conditions and disorders including cancer and anaemia.
You can find some reasons below on Smart Cells infographic on why people require a blood transfusion.
We need six thousand people to donate daily just to keep up with demand in England alone. Each donor gives less than a pint of blood and can save multiple peoples lives as the donated blood is split into individual components. These are then used to treat as many people as possible.
There is lots of medical research being done to cure and treat diseases, but at the moment there is no substitute for blood. Most people can donate, it only takes around an hour of your time and is relatively painless and completely safe.
Do you donate?
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