Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Giving Blood Is Part of My Life ' Retired Teacher Moved after Seeing Child Get Transfusion

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Giving Blood Is Part of My Life ' Retired Teacher Moved after Seeing Child Get Transfusion

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Byline: JOANNE BUTCHER

SEEING his blood save a young life is something Michael Cameron will never forget.

The 65-year-old, from North Shields, was in the RAF and had started making donations.

He remembers the moment he saw his blood being gi1ven to a patient on the children's ward.

"It still chokes me up now," said Michael, a retired teacher. "In those days the blood was given colour-coded labels for different groups and mine was yellow, quite unusual.

"I had the chance to go into the local hospital and, as I walked down the children's ward, I saw a child in isolation, wrapped up like a mummy.

"There, next to the bed, was a bag of blood with the yellow sticker. I knew it was the blood I had donated. From then on I decided I would never stop giving blood."

Michael was on Northumberland Street yesterday with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), asking more people to give blood.

Youngsters from Church High School came together with poet and blood donor Ian Williams to perform a poem on the street.

Nationally, only 4% of the eligible population are blood donors, and this summer's events are expected to hit blood stocks hard.

"Getting blood in hospital isn't a right," said Michael, who has donated over 200 times. "It is only there because someone has donated it."

Police Sergeant Andy Reay, from Great Park, Newcastle, has given 122 donations since seeing his mum get blood during treatment for cancer. The dad-of-two, 46, donates platelets from his blood every month.

"In my job, I see people who need blood all the time," he said. "Giving blood is the only thing I can do to help."

Meanwhile mum Dawn Brown, 35, owes her life to the donors who gave the blood she needed after undergoing an emergency caesarean section to deliver son Oscar.

"I lost three litres of blood - almost all the blood in my body - and had to have six units transfused," said Dawn, who lives in Bearpark, Durham with Oscar, now 16 months, two-year-old Zara, and husband Alex. …

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