Aberystwyth Town player celebrates Mother’s Day with blood donor

An Aberystwyth Town football player celebrated Mother’s Day with her three children, thanks to a blood donor.

Mother-of-three Jessica Baker, who plays for Aberystwyth Town Football Club, celebrated Mother’s Day this weekend, thanks to life-saving blood transfusions during childbirth.

Jessica lost around 30 per cent of her own blood when her son Connor was born seven years ago and required several emergency blood transfusions at Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth.

After receiving blood, Jessica is now unable to donate herself.

So Jessica is now sharing her own story to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation and to encourage others to donate.

“Mother’s Day is a very special day for me,” Jessica shared.

“I am here today thanks to the life-saving blood transfusions I received when my son was born. Donating blood is such a nice thing to do and I will always be grateful to those who helped me.

“I want to share my story and raise awareness that blood donors are still needed to save lives, and I am proof of that. Thanks to blood donors, I was able to fully recover.

“Now I spend my day playing football with my son as if nothing had happened.

“Watching Connor grow up and be selected for the under-eight academy team was one of the proudest moments of my life.

“I encourage anyone considering making a donation to do so. It saves lives. »

Blood and its by-products play a vital role in saving lives, including helping accident and emergency victims, patients receiving organ transplants, mothers and babies during childbirth, and patients with cancer as part of their chemotherapy treatment.

The Welsh Blood Service aims to collect around 100,000 blood donations from around 70,000 voluntary donors each year.

To help encourage more people in Wales to donate blood, the Welsh Blood Service has several initiatives, including a partnership with FAW’s JD Cymru and Genero Adran leagues.

Their ‘Blood, Sweat and Cheers’ campaign aims to contribute to the Welsh Blood Service’s goal of introducing 11,000 new blood donors by 2022.

Welsh Blood Service director Alan Prosser said: “Stories like Jessica’s are sadly all too common and are a clear example of why blood donation is so important.

“To put it simply, there is no substitute for blood.

“Every day we have to collect about 350 blood donations to supply 20 hospitals with enough blood and blood products for patients in need. Having the support of clubs, players like Jessica and fans has helped us achieve these numbers, but we need more people to join our team of lifeguards.

“If you’ve ever thought about donating blood, now is the perfect time to give it a try.”

To find out more or to book a blood donation appointment today, you can visit www.welshblood.org.uk.

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