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29 May 2012
Mum of baby with 2% chance of survival in blood donor plea -
"Give Before You Go". The Scottish National Blood Transfusion
Service (SNBTS) aims to build blood supplies in advance of a very
When baby Alex was just 24 weeks in his mother's womb, his parents
were told that he had only a 2% chance of survival. His Mum,
Katrina, caught parvovirus and this led to her baby developing
the rare condition of Hydrops. As Alex's organs began to shut down,
Katrina developed Mirror Syndrome, which meant her organs shut down
simultaneously. Alex's life was saved by three intra-uterine
transfusions and now Mum and baby are fully recovered.
Katrina said: "Alex's Dad, Daryll, and I know how lucky we are to
have our wee miracle. He was delivered to us safely at 36 weeks and
the life saving transfusions that he received was only thanks to
blood donors. We'd urge everybody to do what they can to support
Blood Donor Week because one donation can save a life like
Blood Donor Week 2012 (May 28th - June 3rd) will be marked this
year by a TV and social media campaign urging donors to be aware of
their blood group. Moira Carter, SNBTS says, "Once a donor comes
along for the first time, we know their blood group, so we can
contact them when we need to. This will be particularly important
when supplies of a specific blood group are lower than we'd like,
which could occur during the summer period. This summer will be
particularly challenging for the Blood Service, with major events
such as the Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and Euro 2012 competing for
time to give blood."
Alex received O Negative blood. Intra-uterine transfusions always
need O negative blood to ensure compatibility with the baby's blood
group. Moira Carter continues: "Even when blood supplies are
adequate, unpredictable shortages in specific blood groups can
occur. During the recent May bank holidays we experienced a
sudden drop in O positive blood supplies. We had to make two
thousand telephone calls, utilise our social media channels and
write three thousand letters asking donors to come forward and
replenish supplies of this blood group."
SNBTS Director Mary Morgan says: "There can be a 20% reduction in
blood donations every summer. This year our message to everyone,
whether travelling abroad on holiday or enjoying the celebrations
here at home, is "Give BeforeYou Go". There are eight different
blood groups, and we want people to think - am I the 'type' to save a
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