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24 December 2018

Little Lion Man


'Given blood in 2018? You've saved our boy's life countless times.'

Glasgow mum Nicola wants to say thank you to everyone who has given blood in 2018.

Nicola says, 'Our son Iain has Kabuki syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. This means many things, but one of the most important issues is the impact it has on Iain's heart.'

Iain smiles as he meets Santa Claus.
Iain meeting Santa this year

'This time last year, four year old Iain was fighting to recover after two open heart surgeries within two weeks, needing many blood transfusions during the winter. Without these, it is unlikely Iain would have recovered.

Members from rugby team Glasgow Warriors surround Iain while he lies in hospital bed.
Iain meets Glasgow Warriors in 2017

'In June this year Iain (nicknamed Little Lion Man) had his fourteenth heart surgery. He is recovering well, growing and thriving. As he continues his fight, it means a lot to us to know blood donors have helped him and will continue to help him if he needs it.' 

A year later, Iain’s proud parents, both O+ donors themselves, want to say a huge thank you to each and every blood donor.

'We are unbelievably grateful to all the amazing people who make time to give blood. You have saved our boys life countless times and given us the most precious gift imaginable for which we will be forever grateful.'

After meeting Santa at a Christmas party, Iain is now looking forward to Christmas at home with his big sister Emily and the rest of the family.

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