About 1% of the population or 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand each year.
When Hugh was born in March 2005 by emergency caesarean he was very pale at birth. He had lost a lot of blood during the labour and birth and was given a red cell blood transfusion and platelet transfusion to keep him alive. "You go through a normal pregnancy and think everything is going to be fine but I started bleeding during labour and when Hugh was born he didn't cry like normal babies do when they are born" says Rebecca.
Now Hugh is a picture of health and energy thanks to the blood and blood products he received.
[Image - Hugh at age 2 with him Mum Rebecca]