Fiona Christie (left) and her daughter Rosa are supporting a drive to encourage more people to donate blood around Christmas
A woman who suffered a major haemorrhage and lost three times the amount of blood in her body during the birth of her child, said it was 'a miracle' she survived.
Fiona Christie, 34, from Edinburgh, needed 88 blood donations during the birth of her daughter Rosa, after she lost 15 litres of blood during an emergency Caesarean section.
Doctors were able to stem the bleeding after seven hours but warned her family to expect the worse.
'It is a miracle that I am alive. My doctor told me that I had suffered one of the worst bleeds after giving birth seen in recent years,' Ms Christie said.
'I received blood products from 88 donors including red cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets.'
However, the new mother woke up the next day and went on to make a full recovery following the birth at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in November 2009.
She is now appealing for new 'life-saving' donors to come forward and give blood over Christmas.
'Particularly at this time of year, I think about those 88 people who saved me,' she said.
'Without them, my beautiful little girl Rosa would be growing up without her mummy, and I think of all of the Christmas times we would have missed together.
'The people who gave blood may not remember what they did for me but my family and I will never forget their actions.'
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) said the number of new donors who attended centres last year fell by 10,965, compared with 2008.
Keith Thompson, national director of SNBTS, said: 'Fiona's story of survival shows how important blood donors are. We need more young donors to establish this life-saving habit and are asking them to give four donations in the first two years after registering.'
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