Nisa Karia, 30, was diagnosed with thalassaemia major when she was just five months old. This rare blood disorder means that she cannot produce normal haemoglobin for her red blood cells and so she relies on donated blood to survive.
"Growing up needing transfusions was hard for me, but really it was just part of life. I always tell myself that there are plenty of people out there who are worse off," she says.
Although Nisa has received 1,300 units of blood so far, and needs blood transfusions every three weeks, she has not let her condition stop her from realising her dream of working in London´s fashion industry, after graduating from Leeds University.
"Thanks to wonderful people who give blood I lead a full and active life and am looking forward to getting married next year."
Last updated: May 2013
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