A MUM who needed a blood transfusion after the birth of her son is now urging people to become donors.
Lois Murtuja needed a transfusion after the traumatic birth of Zach, now a happy and healthy toddler.
Baby Zach weighed in at 10lb 7oz son when he was born in Doncaster Royal Infimary in November 2008.
Mum Lois had enjoyed a healthy and un-eventful pregnancy and didn’t anticipate any problems in delivering her son.
But Zach’s induced arrival was difficult and soon after he was born, Lois, 37, began seeing black dots before her eyes and then she passed out as she had lost so much blood during the delivery.
Tests showed that her iron levels were low and she was given 700ml of blood to aid her recovery.
Medics could find no obvious reason for Zach’s traumatic arrival. “I can only think that it was down to his size,” said Lois.
She explained that when staff took her blood group details, as is the norm, on arrival in hospital, she thought “I’ll never need that”.
Now she is appealing to people to become donors to help people like her.
She said: “I didn’t realise how physically and emotionally drained I was.
“I just didn’t have the strength to be able to look after Zach as I wanted to and as a new-born demands – even just comforting and feeding was a struggle.
“But having the transfusion gave me some of that strength back and helped me cope.
“I cannot stress how grateful I am and to say thank you so much to those who choose to donate blood – it is such a selfless and valuable act.
“It helped me get back to being myself and to be there for Zach – so thanks from us both.”
Lois’ only regret is that, as a blood recipient, she is not able to donate herself.
Lois, who works for Doncaster Council, told her story to highlight National Blood Week, which led to over 1,700 people in South Yorkshire making a date to donate, and nearly 500 registering to donate for the first time.
Holly Mason, donor relations manager, South Yorkshire said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the public’s response to our National Blood Week campaign and would like to thank all of the first time and regular donors in Yorkshire and the Humber who made a ‘date to donate’, a simple act that will help to save and improve many lives.
“However, to maintain national blood stocks, we need over 172,000 donations and 21,000 new donors every year in Yorkshire and the Humber alone, and there is a lack of regular young donors.
“We therefore urge the younger generation to make a date to donate and become life savers of the future.”