Leeds Children’s Hospital social media appeal leads to £11,000 donation

Peter Knapp (bottom left) hands the new cell salvage machine over to senior consultants at Leeds Children's Hospital.
Peter Knapp (bottom left) hands the new cell salvage machine over to senior consultants at Leeds Children's Hospital.
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A Facebook appeal for support has seen a generous donor grant the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal an £11,000 item from their wish list.

Peter Knapp, managing director of internet service firm CCS Leeds, responded to the social media appeal in which fundraisers at the hospital, based in the Clarendon Wing of Leeds General Infirmary, shared an article about Sheffield Children’s Hospital purchasing a cell salvage machine.

The state-of-art equipment recycles patients’ blood by collecting what is lost during surgery, removes unneeded fat and tissue, separates red blood cells and returns them to the patient.

The cell salvage process lessens the need for donated blood and reduces the risk of blood transfusion-related reactions.

Mr Knapp, who handed over the new machine to doctors on Wednesday, said: “I have diabetes in my family, so I can’t make a blood donation. My wife, Jo, is also unable to donate blood at the moment, so we thought this would be an amazing piece of equipment for the hospital and the best way we could donate.”

The use of the machines can replace traditional blood transfusions, placing less pressure on blood banks and meaning people with rarer blood types can be treated more easily.

Velupandian Guruswamy, consultant anaesthetist at Leeds Children’s Hospital, said: “Patients feel better about getting their own blood and recycling is also more cost effective.”

The Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal supports families and raises funds for research and equipment. Visit leedshospitalsfundraising.org.uk.

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