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08 December 2017

Estelle's story


Estelle from Inverness explains why it is so important to her to thank all donors this Christmas.

"In 2003, at the age of 25, I fell extremely ill and ended up in intensive care fighting for my life. My bowel had become obstructed as a result of adhesions from an old appendix scar. This constricted my bowel and cut the circulation off. I needed an emergency laparotomy, a bowel resection and was on a ventilator with septicaemia. I had at least two units of blood in order to give me a fighting chance of survival.

Estelle smiles at the camera
Estelle today

"I am now 40 and still have some health issues, but I owe my life to blood donors and the NHS staff. Thank you."

Much thanks Estelle for sharing your story, we are very grateful to you for your support.

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