She needed weekly blood donations to survive, now Soweto woman is giving back.
She has been a recipient of blood donations since she was 10 years old. Mbali (22) was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. According to mayoclinic.org, aplastic anemia is a condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough new blood cells.
Today is World Blood Donor Day and people like Mbali Blose of Protea North in Soweto are grateful to people who donate blood. For about a year or two after her diagnosis, Mbali needed eight units of life-saving blood every week. “It was really hectic, but it has gotten better over the years. As the years went by, I have needed less. Now I need two units a month.”
Sometimes the process would be delayed because there wasn’t enough A negative blood for her, and she would rely on the universal blood type, O negative. On days where there is a huge demand in the emergency room or in the labour ward, Mbali would have to wait even longer for the blood.
Her parents have learnt so much about her condition since her diagnosis that they too have decided to be blood donors. “Yes, my whole family donates blood, except my youngest sister because she is still underage. My journey has even inspired my other sister to pursue a career in medicine.”
Mbali is the founder on Blosem Foundation, an NPO focused on growing the community of active blood donors in South Africa. “We are working in predominantly black communities who do not donate blood because of stereotypes. We are reaching out to those black communities to educate them and to create awareness on the importance of blood donation,” she adds.
If Mbali could meet one of the people who have donated blood that has kept her alive she would thank them for the gift of life, she says.
“For them it was just blood donation, but for me it saved my life. I would thank them for their contributions and urge them to continue the great work that they are doing to save lives.”
As the world celebrates World Blood Donor Day, Martie Van der Walt (72) is one such donor. In her lifetime, she has made more than 117 donations. The South African National Blood Services (SANBS) applauds its regular donors, who ensure the target of 3 500 units per day is maintained.
SANBS’ Thandi Mosupye expresses the organisation’s gratitude. “The best gift you can give anyone is the gift of life. We know that South Africans have huge hearts and we call on them to fully embrace the spirit of unity under this year’s World Blood Donor Day theme, ‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”.
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the day of the birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, who was born on 14 June 1868. He was a scientist who won the Nobel Prize for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system.
Source – Drum
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