'Thanks for saving my life'

PUBLISHED: 08:35 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

A HONITON woman thanked blood donors for saving her life at an award ceremony organised by the National Blood Service.

A HONITON woman thanked blood donors for saving her life at an award ceremony organised by the National Blood Service. Melanie Smart said she was saved by a blood donation two years ago after suffering toxic shock following the birth to her daughter. Presenting the awards at Bovey Castle to Axminster donors, who had given at least 75 or 100 units of blood each, she explained how she would not be alive today without such donations. She had developed a condition that causes blood to lose the ability to clot and needed 26 units of blood. She said: "As I started to feel stronger I began looking into what had happened to me. I learnt that an amniotic fluid embolism is extremely rare and totally unpredictable." She added: "I wouldn't be here if the blood I needed was not available. I owe my life to you. Because of you I will see my children grow up, marry and have children of their own. "I often sit and watch strangers walking past and think to myself that 26 strangers took the time out of their busy lives to donate blood. If it wasn't for people like you, I wouldn't be here. I will never be able to thank you enough." A crystal decanter was presented to those donors who had given 100 donations of blood and a crystal plate for those who have given 75 donations. NBS spokesperson Fay Simcox said: "WE would like to thank the continuing support of these donors, who have each donated at least 75 or 100 times. This is a phenomenal amount. "We are grateful to all of our donors who take the time to come along and help save and improve patients' lives. It takes about an hour to donate and these people have given up time in their busy lives and made a real difference." You may be able to become a blood donor if you are aged between 17-59, weigh over 7st 12lb (50kg) and are in good health. For further information or to make an appointment to donate, call the NBS helpline on 0845 7 711 711 or visit www.blood.co.uk

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