Man receives 1500th transfusion

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A man who owes his life to 1500 blood donors has called on Scots to donate this Christmas to prevent a “donor deficit”. Willie Mack, 35, from Edinburgh, has just received his 1500th transfusion as part of his treatment for Blackfan Diamond Anaemia. In some sufferers the condition can lead to congenital abnormalities such as thumb or upper lip problems, cardiac defects and cleft palate.

Mr Mack, a government worker, will rely on blood donors for the rest of his life.  He had his first transfusion just hours after he was born, and needs three pints of donor blood every twoweeks to keep him alive.

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