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15 March 2016

Margaret and Molly's story

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Born prematurely, Margaret’s daughter Molly was not expected to survive. Eighteen years later, Molly has defied the odds to become a university student – something which would have been impossible without the blood transfusions she received in her first few months.

Margaret says, “When I was pregnant with Molly, I developed pre-eclampsia at six months, and the doctors had to do an emergency c-section to save the baby and myself.

'Molly was delivered at 28 weeks. She was only 1lb 10oz, and she was so tiny her eyes were still fused shut. She wasn’t in great shape, neither was I – I was in the high dependency ward, and she was in intensive care. She needed lots of blood transfusions.

'I remember coming up in my wheelchair one day and she was lying there in the incubator, with little splints in her arms, and I asked the doctor what they were for, and he said, “It’s so we can top her up.”'

Both mother and daughter are now regular campaigners for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

'We both volunteer because they did so much for us. Molly can’t give blood as she’s had transfusions, but I can and do. I wanted to reach 50 donations by my 50th birthday, but with children and ill health getting in the way, I’ve only made it to 45. So what I decided to do instead was encourage 50 new donors to sign up to give blood, to mark the occasion and benefit other families.

'We were very, very lucky. Molly’s now a student, studying English Literature and Theatre studies with Philosophy – she wants to be an author. Considering that when she was born we were told she probably wouldn’t survive, and if she did, she might be brain damaged, it’s just amazing.'

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