Rodney
Birtle,
Manitoba
Recipient
Blood
Plasma
Platelets

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Brain Surgery

When I was 12 I had Viral Encephalitis and a Blood Clot in the Left Temporal lobe of my brain. It was near the #10 or Vargas nerve and the Optic nerve. Also affected the autonomous nervous system and my equilibrium was wrecked pretty much.

 

Treatment in hospital required two separate craniotomies(opening the skull).

 

Without 4 units of blood for each surgery, the surgery could not have been performed and my only other option was an early grave.

 

I am a regular blood donor (71 donations to date) because the need for blood has been proven to me. In fact my own mother also required 2 units of blood about 15 years ago.

 

All I can say is thanks and enjoy your donut. You saved my life.

 

My illness was rather sudden onset.