Joining a New Community
Being from Poland, Aga wasn’t even sure she could give blood in Ireland. She had never been asked or even knew people who were donors, but she went anyway.
Aga finds giving blood is something that makes her feel more connected to her community, and was surprised to see people she knew were active donors but never really talked about it. When Aga had to stop giving blood during and after pregnancy, she was keen to return again once she was eligible. She’ll do anything for her son – and giving blood is a practical way to help young children and others in her community.
Some restrictions may apply for non-Irish born donors and a sample is taken at the donor’s first clinic. After 3 months if you have not heard anything from the clinic regarding the sample, you can call in to your local clinic to give blood as normal.
Sometimes for young babies, only a teaspoon of blood transfused will be enough to save that babies life and start them on the road to recovery – and more recently, IUT blood transfusions are being successfully given to babies while they are still in their mother’s womb.