Hull mum urges people to become blood donors after transfusions help save daughter’s life

Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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An east Hull mum is calling for more people to donate blood, as figures show an alarming drop in the number of donors.

The number of blood donors in England and North Wales has dropped by 40% in the last decade, and the NHS says it needs more than 200,000 new donors this year to keep stocks at a safe level.

Sam Bristo’s daughter Grace was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of three, and received blood and platelet transfusions during treatment.

She told KCFM people don’t realise just how vital the donations are:

“Throughout her two and a half years of treatment, Grace received numerous blood and platelet transfusions. Without them, she might not be here today.

“During the treatment, she’d be really tired and very poorly. Once she’d had the blood transfusion, you’d be able to see the colour in her cheeks and she’d have that little bit of energy to be able to play with the other children on the ward. It made a dramatic difference.

“It’s very scary to think there’s such a decrease in donors.

“I used to see adverts for blood donations before Grace was diagnosed, but I never realised how important it was until I saw the difference it made.

“If you’re able to give blood, it only takes 10-15 minutes out of your day and makes such a difference to somebody’s life.”

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Published: Tuesday 9th June 2015 by Tom Drinkall

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