Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Donations Save Lives

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Donations Save Lives

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Byline: By Louise Redvers

Blood donated by thousands in the North East goes to help people in hospital. Louise Redvers spoke to some grateful recipients and a surgeon

Blood is close to Chris Havery's heart, in more ways than one.

The 31-year-old's only son, Macaully, has relied on the generosity of blood donors more than once during his fight against leukaemia.

Now five, Macaully, a pupil at Ravenswood School in Heaton, is making good recovery, but he couldn't have done it without other people's blood and platelets.

His cousin Jordan, three, has also needed blood during treatment for a brain tumour.

Chris said: "Macaully's had a lot of blood over the course of his treatment for the leukaemia and I know he couldn't have done without it.

"I don't give blood myself because I've got a lot on my plate at the moment, but maybe when the little fella's better I'll give it a go."

Also very grateful to the thousands of people who give blood every year is Mary Curry, from Wooler in Northumberland.

The 78-year-old, who's known to everyone as Alice, has been having surgery on her hips for 30 years, after she was blown over in the wind. Her latest operation was performed at Wansbeck General Hospital, by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Paul Partington.

Mr Partington said: "Over the course of six operations, Alice will have got through at least 30 units of blood, and there's still more to come.

"Without the donated blood she would not have been able to survive the revision surgery.

"The last operation was probably the biggest and she would not have come through it without the blood."

We met retired farm worker Alice in her ward at Wansbeck Hospital, where she was still recovering from her surgery.

The widow, who has nieces and nephews at Longframlington, said: "I'm really grateful to people who give blood. …

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