Oban res­i­dents flock to give blood af­ter mum’s plea

The Oban Times - - News -

PEO­PLE in Oban queued for more than an hour to give blood last week at the Cor­ran Halls.

The Scot­tish Na­tional Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vice was in town on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day to al­low Oban­ites to do­nate.

There seemed to be a lot more in­ter­est in do­nat­ing this time around, thanks to one Oban mum.

Jemma Camp­bell gave birth to baby Ashton in Jan­uary. He was born 14 weeks pre­ma­turely and had to un­dergo eight life­sav­ing blood trans­fu­sions.

Ashton spent the first months of his life in the new­born in­ten­sive care unit (NICU) at the Princess Royal Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal in Glas­gow.

Jemma posted a heart­felt plea on so­cial me­dia, which at­tracted hun­dreds of shares, reach­ing more than 11,000 peo­ple. She ex­plained how im­por­tant blood do­na­tions were to her family.

She said: ‘I am thank­ful – thank­ful for all th­ese peo­ple who have walked into giv­ing blood cen­tres all over our coun­try.

‘They might have never walked into an NICU. They might not know how crit­i­cal their gift was to Ashton.

‘In NICU, Ashton had eight blood trans­fu­sions and each of them was to save his life.

‘They might not know that the pint of blood they gave saves pre­ma­ture ba­bies’ lives, but I know, my family know and my friends know.

‘I will be thank­ful for all th­ese peo­ple who have taken that hour to give blood for the rest of my life.

‘If you know some­one who has given blood, let them know how crit­i­cal their blood is in an NICU. It’s not just a slo­gan – it re­ally is the gift of life.

‘A rare blood is the blood you go to get off the shelf that isn’t there.

‘So if you have felt you wanted to help us out in some way since our lit­tle boy came into the world, lend an arm. Could I please all ask you to give blood?’

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