Grateful Rugby mum thanks kind blood donors

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A RUGBY mum whose son’s life was saved by blood donors has presented awards to some of the area’s most committed helpers.

Emma Howells, from Rugby, made a speech and gave out gifts at an NHS Blood and Transplant ceremony to thank long-standing donors.

Her son, Tyler, now 11, was diagnosed with severe haemophilia B when he was just two days old. He had massive bruising and swelling to his face and head and a blood clot on the brain.

Emma, 31, said: “It came as a total shock as it is not in the family and we nearly lost him.

“He has had at least seven blood transfusions and a plasma transfusion over the last 10 years due to various bleeds and his condition is managed by his twice weekly injections of Factor IX which he now injects himself.

“My son would not be alive today if it were not for blood donors.

“It’s something I feel very strongly about and I try to recruit and encourage all that I can to give blood.”

Miss Howells was invited by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) to be guest of honour at the recent awards ceremony in Daventry where more than 30 donors were recognised for their dedication to rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.

They received either a crystal decanter for 100 donations or were presented with a crystal plate for reaching a 75 donations.

Suzanne Walsh, lead donor relations manager for NHSBT for the West Midlands, said: “Having Emma attend the ceremony, meet donors and tell her story has really brought home just how important our donors are to us. We are grateful to all our donors but the loyalty of some of them is just overwhelming.”