You don’t know him, but you can save his life

“Say goodbye to your little boy”

Loes Peters, Almere

My six month-old son became seriously ill in 1999. Fortunately, the doctor's quick reaction - along with the plasma - allowed him to survive with nothing but concentration problems.

My six month-old son became seriously ill in 1999. He was diagnosed with meningitis sepsis (inflammation of the brain with blood poisoning) and was immediately given plasma in the first aid department of the Flevo hospital. He was quickly transferred to the neonatal ICU of the VU University Hospital in Amsterdam, as the Flevo hospital did not have one at that time.

"Say goodbye to your little boy", they said as they sedated him and connected him to the monitor. "We have to take him along immediately." And there you are, left standing without your baby, with a toddler holding your hand. He spent three months on the ventilator and a total of two weeks in the hospital. Fortunately, the doctor's quick reaction - along with the plasma - allowed him to survive with nothing but concentration problems.

He is a now a cheerful teenager of almost fifteen years old. I was always too busy to donate, but after this incident I decided to register as a donor. After a few donations, I started giving plasma. I will continue to donate as often and for as long as I can.

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