‘Blood donors saved my life – we need more’

PLEA Phil and Lyndsay Leggatt from Leigh Park are organising a large blood donating event after Lyndsay suffered an ectopic pregnancy.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121196-4)

PLEA Phil and Lyndsay Leggatt from Leigh Park are organising a large blood donating event after Lyndsay suffered an ectopic pregnancy. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121196-4)

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LYNDSAY Leggatt lost seven pints of blood and came close to dying after she suffered from an ectopic pregnancy.

But her life was saved thanks to generous blood donors.

The 30-year-old mum-of-two was 10 weeks pregnant in January when she began to feel shooting pains.

Lyndsay, of High Lawn Way, Leigh Park, said: ‘I had been getting a few cramps and pains.

‘I didn’t think too much of it, but then I started to get shooting pains in my stomach so I asked my husband Phil to call the doctor.’

When the doctor advised taking paracetamol and going to bed, Lyndsay knew it wasn’t enough.

She called her mother, who works as a nurse, who realised how serious the situation was and called an ambulance.

‘Paramedics couldn’t work out what was wrong with me and they could hear a gurgling sound going from my stomach to my chest,’ added Lyndsay.

Lyndsay was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where doctors identified she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy – which meant the baby had been growing inside the fallopian tube.

This ruptured and was causing Lyndsay to lose blood.

Her vital organs begun to shut down and Lyndsay was taken in for a four-hour operation, where she needed nine pints of blood.

Now both Lyndsay and Phil are urging people to become blood donors.

Phil, 35, said: ‘Lyndsay’s mum is a phlebotomist and has always encouraged us to donate blood.

‘It’s something I always thought about, but then thought other people do it.

‘It’s only after seeing how much it can save lives do I realise how important it is to donate blood.’

On June 19, 20 people will be donating blood at the Waterlooville Community Centre, Maurepas Way.

They will also be raising money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust.

The next donor sessions take place at the following locations and times:

· Easter Monday, Portsmouth Football Club, Fratton Way, from 10am to 12.25pm and 1.45pm to 4.15pm.

· April 10, Bridgemary Community College, Wych Lane, Gosport, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.40pm to 7.30pm.

· April 13, All Saints Church, Hambledon Road, Denmead, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

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