NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is appealing for people to give blood this month, with each donation potentially saving the lives of three adults or seven babies. One of the biggest uses for blood is to help mothers and babies who suffer complications during childbirth.
It can also be used to help premature babies, to replace blood lost during surgery and to treat patients with cancer and blood diseases like leukemia.
New mum Hannah had to be given two blood transfusions after giving birth last Friday (16 March) to baby Ruby. The 20-year old from Lutterworth in Leicestershire lost a lot of blood during labour and needed to have two units of blood to replace what she had lost.
Hannah and her partner Dan would like to encourage people to give blood during March. Hannah said: “I was anaemic before I gave birth but I had no idea that I would need to have a blood transfusion. I didn’t realise that donated blood is also given to mums and babies and the huge difference it can make. I felt awful before the blood but now feel much better and I am now able to look forward to taking our baby home for the first time.”
Holly Mason spokesperson for NHSBT, said: “Everyone will be thinking about their mum this month.
“We are asking them to take it one step further and think about all the new mums, and babies, who need blood. With Spring here we want existing donors and those who haven’t given before, to spring into action and give blood, It really can save and transform the lives of mums and babies and many other patients.”
Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and be in general good health. If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.
To find out more about blood sessions in March or to book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk