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A tale of a blood recipient

Mombasa, 22nd February 2019,

A tale of a blood recipient

At first glance, Rose Atieno Auma could pass as your ordinary middle class girl in Mombasa city.

The untold story is that her life depends on blood transfusion. “In the month of February 2019, I was transfused 10 units of blood following a serious health crisis; I was hospitalized for 2 weeks, five days, until I came back to life”.

The 45 year old lady says she was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia when she was 5 years of age. Her parents struggled with her. Her basic education was very disruptive and it was only by chance that she was able to complete her primary school education. “I did not go beyond go beyond class 8. Besides I did not perform well because most of the time I was out of school due to my condition”, Rose quips.

Rose Atieno Auma, a blood recipient, during an interview with this writer in Mombasa.

She says her condition makes her feel tired; “walking just a few meters at times is like climbing a mountain”.

For a long time she was treated for anemia, which was a serious misdiagnosis. The sickle cell disease was discovered much later.

She started complaining of joint pains and painful ribs. “At that point I was being transfused 2-3 units of blood regularly, amazingly once I got transfused I would immediately come back to life” she further explains to the writer.

She says when her hemoglobin is low her skin color turns into pale, her eyes also turn yellow, her appetite hits rock-bottom. “I behave like a pregnant woman with constant temper flare ups and mood swings”.

She says the unfortunate thing is that quite a few people in the coastal region understand what sickle cell disease is.

“I get sickle cell crisis every 2 to 3 months, normally it happens when my hemoglobin level gets to 4. This has made me completely rely on blood transfusion; I am transfused every 2 months”, she noted.

She says this condition is very expensive to treat saying the government should consider providing subsidies to sickle cell patients through the National Health Insurance.

“The last time I was admitted at MEWA community hospital in Majengo Mombasa, I paid a bill of Ksh. 300,000”, Rose says.

Before she knew about the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service she used to look for blood donors to donate for her. “Getting a blood donor is like hell because people do not like to be tested”, says the single lady.

She  later started mobilizing blood donors from her neighborhood, including friends and other volunteers, to donate blood for her.

“The day I learnt of the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service was a game changer for me. The organization has been so good, they have been so helpful”. She says she can now get her A+ blood type on a regular basis.

She has since gained membership of various support groups namely Sickle Cell Warriors, Even Flo Africa, West Kenya SCD and Mombasa Sickle Cell Warriors.

Rose says her condition has kept men away from her. “My one time boyfriend bolted due to health expenses” she says. “Most of the sickle cell warriors are single and at times communities shun them”

“If you get one man to live with you, he must be an angel”, quips the lady who works as a boutique attendant in Mombasa city.

Rose says her message to blood donors is that everyone should donate blood because people are suffering. “Do not wait until you are threatened by circumstances or when your relative needs blood to donate; do it now to save a life.” she says.

 

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Barclays Bank Partners With KNBTS To Roll Out Countrywide Blood Drive

The Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service acting Director Dr. Josephine Githaiga receives the Barclays Bank of Kenya Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) representative Ms. Antoninah Moturi at KNBTS headquarters, Nairobi today. Barclays Bank of Kenya in collaboration with KNBTS will embark on a month-long blood donation campaign in over 30 BBK Branches in the country. The campaign that is expected to loop in staff, customers and members of the public is expected to garner over 1,000 units of blood before mid May 2018. #IkoDamuKe

 

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TESTIMONY FROM ASHA DAFALLA THE HIGHEST FEMALE BLOOD DONOR 2016.

My name is Asha M. Dafalla, A wife and a mother of three children. I am a community worker at Lavie Foundation, Nairobi. I first donated blood in 1981 when I was in Form 3, I lost consciousness after the blood donation and this kept me away from donating blood again until 1986. My friend and colleague back then, Madam Leah, requested me to accompany her to Mater hospital to donate blood for her brother who had been involved in an accident. My second donation experience was good and it opened my eyes on the importance of blood donation. I have been donating blood regularly since then, starting with once a year, twice and now am at three times a year. I have taken regular breaks when I am expectant and during breastfeeding periods. Donating blood makes me feel good knowing that I have saved lives with a priceless commodity, it gives me great satisfaction.

I got enrolled to the Text for Life platform which reminds me through text messages to my phone when I am due for the next donation. I also feel appreciated and encouraged when I receive a “Thankyou” message thanking me after donation.  “Happy birthday” messages makes me more elated.

My husband has now appreciated the importance of donating blood and now accompanies me for the blood donation sessions and he has since become a regular donor.  My 21 years old son has since become a regular blood donor since when he attained the age of 19. I have learnt that one needs to be healthy to ensure the safety of his or her blood.  I have so far donated 53 times.

I donate blood to give back to my community. I would urge all, men and women to ask themselves, “What did I do for my community”?

TABITHA’S SUCCESS STORY OF BLOOD TRANSFUSION.

Your Excellency, the first lady, MARGARET KENYATTA, the cabinet secretary ministry of health,
distinguished guests and all protocol observed, before you is Tabitha Muthoni.
I am 27years old. During my first pregnancy, I faced challenges and complications and I was transfused 12
units of blood before delivery. Having blood group O Negative was a challenge bearing in mind it’s a rare
blood group type. I was admitted at Kijabe Hospital. I thank the donors who donated blood and through the
help of National Blood Transfusion Services, I was able to get blood and had a successful delivery to a
baby boy prematurely at 7months.
The same case applied to my second born where this time it was more challenging because I could not carry
the unborn baby for 9months due to low Hemoglobin level. I was admitted at Kijabe Hospital and had to
go for an emergency caesarean section where the boy was delivered at 5months weighing 800gms. For this
time was transfused 25units of blood as my son was also transfused. I thank the almighty for having saved
our lives.
I take this opportunity that God has given me to thank all blood donors and let them know that by donating
blood you save a lot of lives. My special appeal is to all those who have blood group O Negative and are
medically fit to come out and donate blood to save a mother and to save a life.
I thank the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services through the director Dr. MARGARET ODUOR for
their tireless efforts knowing that this facility have donated more than 100units of blood to me. They serve
all equally and friendly to a point that they travel many miles to get blood for the needy to save lives. Their
staffs under the Director of Nakuru Regional Blood Transfusion Center Mr. NICK KIPTANUI are kind
and aggressive as they carry out their duties to help save lives.
I appeal to the government and all relevant authority to put more effort and resources and add more facilities
to all donation centers so as to make their work easier in saving lives. Without blood there would be no life.
I appeal to the government and all relevant authority to put more effort and resources and add more facilities
to all blood donation centers so as to make their work easier in saving lives. Without blood there would be
no life.
Lastly I thank my mother for being so supportive for the many years I have been anaemic. I also thank My
husband for being there for me at all times.
My two sons, you are my strength. God bless Kenya and all donors.
As for today my Hemoglobin level stands at 7.0gms. Still we need you donors.
Your excellency the first lady MARGARET KENYATTA I take this chance on behalf of all mothers to
thank you for your tireless efforts to see that we live and get appreciated in the society as a mother who has
gone through disease challenges and the challenges ended with many transfusions.

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