Blood Donor Week 2019: Anna’s story

Blood Donor Week 2019: Anna’s story


My name’s Anna Weir, I’m 33 and I live
in Aberdeen. I’m an artist, and I live here with my husband Dougie and my two children, Seb and Liùsaidh. I needed a blood transfusion in 2016
with the birth of Seb. He was born… he was back-to-back, which they didn’t know when I was in
labour, and it wasn’t until right at the end they realised that he was the wrong
way round, and then he started to turn on the way out and he was born on
his side, and so I had a third-degree tear and the tear went through an artery. So, I lost I think it was 2.8 litres of blood
within a matter of minutes, really. I had four blood transfusions after it. Yeah, thinking back to when I found out I was pregnant with Seb, really excited obviously but yeah, absolutely no idea that birth was something that could result in requiring a blood transfusion. After the first couple of
transfusions I didn’t really know. I wasn’t really aware that I’d had a
transfusion. But by the time we got to the third one
I started to feel a lot better. My dad, he had a stroke in 2014 and off
the back of that he ended up with kidney problems and he had kidney failure in the end, and
up until the few months before he died he had, I think it was three or four
transfusions as well that kept him going. He had a transfusion in June, and they
said at that point… I mean, I think they gave him another transfusion because
they were trying to tide him over just so he could meet Seb,
because he’d said that would be the last thing he’d want to do, and he made
it until the August. So, he got two months out of that last transfusion, so yeah it made a huge difference to him. Definitely. Thank you to everyone
who’s donated blood. My mum, she was a blood donor
for years and she always said, you know she never knew of anybody who
required a transfusion. I think most people who donate blood, they don’t
realise there is actually someone on the receiving end of that, and
it has saved lots of lives. It is so important that there’s
always a stock there because it’s just assumed that if you need blood,
there will be blood there for you. So definitely, I encourage you. If you can donate,
then definitely, you should.