A lifeline for Brooke
Brooke Cornwell is only two but sheâ€™s already had 27 blood transfusions. She was born with a cleft palate and triphalangeal fingers (she has five fingers and no thumbs on each hand), but doctors soon discovered she had a much more severe problem.
She had a low haemoglobin level and was referred for tests on her bone marrow. These revealed that she had Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA), a rare blood condition caused when bone marrow fails to produce red blood cells. Brooke was given blood immediately and has been having regular transfusions ever since. She now needs blood every three to four weeks to survive. Grandmother, Christine, says, "Brookeâ€™s life is dependent on the blood that she receives, which makes blood donors so special to us."