Tuesday 26 September 2017

Parents' touching thank you note to Irish Blood Transfusion Service shows why blood donations are so important

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The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said it needed an additional 1,500 donations over the next three weeks to stabilise national supplies. Stock Image

Sasha Brady

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service have shared a thank you message that they received from grateful parents.

Donating blood can be a scary thought, especially if the idea of needles can make you squirm and send shivers down your spine.

But you only need to be brave for a few minutes and donating blood really does make a difference as proved by the heart-warming letter the Irish Blood Transfusion Service recently received.

The IBTS wrote on their Facebook page: “The message below came to us via FB messenger and it really shows how valuable our donors are – blood and platelet donors make a huge difference to the lives of others as do the wonderful staff CMRF Crumlin Hospital and at Irish Cancer Society.”

The thank-you note was sent in by parents who requested to remain annonymous.

''To the person out there who took time out of their day to donate platelets which went to St John’s Ward, Crumlin, you are the reason my child has gone from a sick, very tired little girl back to her usual lovely self in 24 hours.

''We can rescue what is left of Christmas. Thank you whoever you are.''

The post has been shared over 1,190 times and other social media users commented on the post with messages of their own.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said it needed an additional 1,500 donations over the next three weeks to stabilise national supplies. Stock Image
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said it needed an additional 1,500 donations over the next three weeks to stabilise national supplies. Stock Image

One user wrote: “I will have to start donating.. I’m O negative and they are always crying out for my blood.. My little Bobby just had open heart Surgery and had a transfusion so I’d like to say thank you too to everyone who donates, including my sister.  So many lives would be lost if it weren’t for all you people donating xxxxx.”

Another added: “As someone who has required blood and platelet transfusions in my childhood I am thankful every day for those who donate.”

Whole a fellow Facebook user commented: "Can donate again next month! Will be a year after giving birth. Looking forward to it. My eldest girl had four transfusions last January and only for the A+ donors she would have ended up very sick. Thank you all for donating."

The IBTS have urged people to make a special effort to donate blood throughout the winter period.

A spokesperson told Independent.ie: “Low attendances at clinics in recent weeks have seen supply for some blood groups drop to just four days."

Over 3,000 donors are needed every week, with one in four of us needing a transfusion at some point in our lives.

One donation can help the recovery of up to three patients in hospital.

To become a blood donor you must be in good health, between 18 and 65 years of age and weigh at least 50kgs (7st 12lbs). You can donate every 90 days.

For more information visit giveblood.ie or call 1850 731 137.

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