(CNN)Cystic fibrosis did not define Claire Wineland. She did. No matter the obstacles placed in front of her, of which there were many, she refused to be pitied and was determined to live a life that mattered. She inspired countless people, invited -- no, demanded -- honest talk about illness and mortality, and brightened the worlds of those she touched with her smile, spunk and spirit. On Sunday evening, after being taken off life support and using the newly transplanted lungs she received just one week earlier, Claire took her last breath. The cause of death was a massive stroke she suffered soon after the transplant surgery. She was 21. 'Love what is' A quarter of Claire's life was spent in the hospital. The medical team that tended to her became family. She played hide-and-seek with nurses and left explosions of glitter in her wake. She watched one of her doctors squirm as he gave her the safe-sex talk. She took great care to decorate her hospital room so it felt and looked like … [Read more...] about Claire Wineland, inspirational speaker and social media star, dies one week after lung transplant
Donating blood after tattoo
When Chinky Jain saw a bloodmobile at her office in Gothenburg, she decided to donate her rare Type O blood. "I went for the first time as I was a bit underweight before," she told The Local. Jain was in the company of a Swedish colleague, an active donor who often received invitations to donate more. But the Indian 29-year-old, who speaks English, not Swedish, was rejected. Donors need to understand and speak Swedish, the nurse told Jain in "very good" English. She then handed her a printout in English explaining that "the reason for this is to ensure that there will be no misunderstandings from our or your side when going through your health declararion". This rejection text is available in Polish, Russian, Arabic, Bosnian and six other languages. But translations of the Swedish health declaration that donors must understand and sign have never been made available. Jain said she was "a bit upset" and found it "funny" that the rejection was available in English, but added: … [Read more...] about Foreigners must speak Swedish to donate blood – but this could be about to change
DONATING blood can be an amazing gift to people who desperately need for on-going medical treatment or in an emergency. But how can you get involved and who is eligible to provide a donation? Here is all you need to know... Who can give blood? Most people are eligible to give blood. You can donate if you are: fit and healthy weight more than 7st 12lbs or 50kg are aged between 17 and 66 (or 70 if you have given blood before) are over 70 and have given blood in the last two years Are there any restrictions on donating blood? Diabetes According to Diabetes UK, some Type 2 diabetes sufferers are now eligible to give blood as long as they have no other complications. For instance, if your diabetes has resulted in eye, blood vessel or kidney problems then you are not advised to donate blood. However if your condition is being well controlled through a combination of diet and oral medication, then you may well be able provide the service. Pregnancy You are not able to donate blood during … [Read more...] about Who can give blood – can you donate if you have tattoos or are diabetic and what happens at the donation clinic?
Thursday was World Blood Donor Day and many New Zealanders may be thinking about whether they should take the plunge and give blood. Giving blood is a noble endeavour as every donation can save up to three lives - and there's even free juice and bikkies at the end. But as AM Show host Mark Richardson recently realised, just because you want to donate blood doesn't mean the New Zealand Blood Service will take it. There are several reasons the NZBS may not be able to take your blood due to concerns for your health or the health of the person it's going to. Your best bet to see if you're eligible is to go to their website and have a look, but here are some of the reasons people could get turned down. You've had some recent body modifications That fresh tattoo or shiny new piercing may look great, but if it wasn't performed by a registered health professional, the NZBS says you have to wait six months. You don't see many pharmacists wielding a tattoo gun though so they're only referring to … [Read more...] about The reasons you can’t give blood, as well as some reasons you should
The tragedy of the Manchester bomb was met with an outpouring of human kindness. Here, the M.E.N looks at some of the many ways that good came from bad. Many of the 22 who died were just children. They never got the chance to see their futures. But that hasn’t stopped them from helping others to achieve their dreams and goals. In the months following the bombing, several families launched charities and trusts in memory of those who lost their lives. The Remembering Nell Foundation pays tribute to 14-year-old Nell Jones. It aims to support disadvantaged children and young people in the north west, by helping them to achieve and giving them a better chance of a bright future. The foundation raises money for three local charities – the Wingate Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire, Manchester-based Wood Street Mission, and Autism Cheshire. The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust was set up by the families of Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, to help aspiring performers and … [Read more...] about From trusts to tattoos