Friday 23 March 2018

Irish teen undergoing cancer treatment in the US begs public to give blood as transfusions are rationed during storm

Shan Tynan (17) with her mum Leona
Shan Tynan (17) with her mum Leona Newsdesk Newsdesk

An Irish teenager who is receiving specialist treatment for cancer in the US has revealed that her blood transfusions are being rationed during Storm Harvey.

Carlow teenager Shauntelle (Shan) Tynan (19) is living in Houston, Texas, while she undergoes treatment for rare cancer, multi-system Langheran's cell histiocytosis.

With at least 22 killed and over 3,000 rescued from the storm, blood supplies are running low and Shan has urged people in the US to donate if they can.

A post on the Team Shan Tynan Facebook page explained: "Calling out to all our friends and followers across America to please DONATE BLOOD!

"At present Shan is an inpatient Texas Children's Hospital receiving transfusions, which due to the level of disaster and unknown following Hurricane Harvey are being rationed!

"All surrounding states are pledging to get blood to Houston as soon as they can find a way in.

Cancer sufferer Shauntelle Tynan and her mother Leona, right
Cancer sufferer Shauntelle Tynan and her mother Leona, right

"We are asking that you find your local blood bank and please donate blood for Texas! By doing this simple task YOU could be a hero and YOU could save a life!

"If you can't give blood, please share, tweet to spread the word Texas needs your help."

Read More: 'Beyond relieved' - break in weather allows Irish teen Shan stranded by Hurricane Harvey to get to hospital

Earlier this week Shane faced a 15-hour wait to make it to the hospital as she was stranded in her apartment after the extreme flooding.

Her mum Leona told "It has been a very surreal weekend and we never imagined seeing the amount of flooding we did.

"We are lucky everything worked out but for many including close friends they have lost homes and cars and all their possessions."

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