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06 December 2016

Hero paramedic saved by 70 blood donors calls for festive blood donations

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The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) has launched their festive campaign at Glasgow Blood Donor centre this morning, with the help of paramedic Derek Louttit

The campaign sees SNBTS joining forces with the Scottish Ambulance Service to encourage people to give blood over the festive season – a period when blood donations can traditionally drop by up to 20%.

I would like to ask everyone over the age of 17 to give blood in the coming weeks. Derek Louttit

Derek, 48, who works for the Scottish Ambulance Service, is helping to highlight the importance of giving blood. Derek said, “Having been a paramedic for many years, I have always been fully aware of how vital blood is. Yet in 2013, after being diagnosed with acute myloid leukaemia, I became dependent upon blood donors myself.

“As part of my treatment, I received 40 red cell transfusions and 30 platelet transfusions.  This means at least 70 people have saved my life. I am so very grateful to every single one of them. I would like to ask everyone over the age of 17 to give blood in the coming weeks. Please help ensure other patients like me can enjoy an amazing Christmas with their families.”

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