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Daniel's Story


I was born in Fiji, 27 years ago, and am lucky enough to call New Zealand my home.

There are many reasons to be thankful for the country we live in but I will start with just one. Our health care. New Zealand looks after its people, and I am so blessed to be one of them. If it weren't for the kindness of donor's I would not be here today.

I was born with a chronic Blood disorder called Beta Thalassemia-Major. In a nutshell this means by body's ability to produce Red Blood Cells is damaged, and I am not able to make proper functioning RBC's naturally. These blood cells are vital for life as they carry Oxygen to the rest of our body, including to all or major organs and muscles.

I rely on regular blood transfusions once a month in order to survive and every month I make the trip to Auckland Hospital, sit in a chair, often exhausted and weak and am brought back to life thanks to the donations of others. I just want to say, this is a process that is a vital part of my life and ensures my health and existence, and without blood transfusions once a month I would not be here today. Thank you to all those who sit through a moment of pain, to give to others like me selflessly, you can never know how grateful I am that there is always blood to keep me alive.

After living with this condition my entire life it is easy to take the comforts of our life for granted, including our health care. I just want to say that I will always be grateful for the kindness of others and the work and support NZ Blood Service provides for us, and people like me, who rely on regular blood transfusions to survive.