By Kelly-Louise Johnson Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 10:39
A REDDITCH woman whose son received a life saving blood transfusion is urging more people to become donors
Veronica Haines’ son Max has received two urgent blood transfusions, one shortly after his birth and another when he was five weeks old due to complications with antibodies in his blood.
The Winyates East resident has also received blood herself two days after giving birth to her daughter in 2008.
She said: “I thought I was just tired having just had an emergency C-section and a new baby but I was very ill. I couldn’t function properly for my daughter. As soon as the first unit [of blood] 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, or where it came from, but we are eternally grateful for their selfless act.”
Veronica decided to share her story as a major drive gets underway to reverse a dip in the number of people across the county signing up to give blood.
There are currently 17,016 active donors in Worcestershire, but last year NHS Blood and Transplant saw a six per cent drop in people from the county signing up.
Staff have been travelling around the area to thank existing donors and encourage new ones to help save lives.
Donated blood is used not only in accident and emergency situations, but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia.
Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could become a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.
For more information or to book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23.
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