Blood saves another life

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by Paul Rochon

Today, Terri-Lyn is an energetic person who lives and works in North Grenville. However, in early 2017 she was diagnosed with degenerative bone disease and severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. A year later, in January, her world suddenly came to a halt. In her early forties, she never expected her spine to collapse. A number of her vertebrates in her spinal column crumbled, causing her excruciating pain, but also could no longer support the weight of her body. She could not hold herself in an upright position and described herself as a hunchback. In addition, she experienced pinched nerves that affected the mobility of her legs.

It took Terri-Lyn two months to find a Neurosurgeon willing to take her file. She waited until the end of May before she was operated on. The surgery took place at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus and lasted twelve hours. During the surgery she required three units of blood. Terry-Lyn spent one month before being released from the hospital.

Without the surgery and the required blood, she would be paralysed today. She is grateful there was blood for her when it was required, as well as for the care that she received from the surgeons and the caregivers. She counts herself lucky that she can lead a normal life. Today, Terri-Lyn is active, but carries an array of reconstructed vertebras, rods, and screws in her back.

As a result of the coronavirus in Canada, a number of Blood Donor Events have been cancelled, but the need is always present. There is a Blood Donor Event on Monday, May 4 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre from 1:30-4:00 pm and from 5:30-8:00 pm.

Canadian Blood Services reassures all donors that all steps will be been taken to protect the donors. For more information, or to book an appointment, go to https://www.blood.ca/en.

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