A FATHER who needed 26 pints of blood after suffering an extremely rare condition has said he is lucky to be alive.
Trevor Green, of Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, describes himself as in a ‘small club’ of survivors after being diagnosed with Dieulafoy's lesion which causes a large vein at the top of the stomach to pop.
After eight days in Warrington Hospital, doctors at the Royal Liverpool were faced with a condition they had only seen 10 cases of previously with only five living to tell the tale.
The 44-year-old accountant is now hoping to raise cash for blood donation groups and awareness as he says he would not be here without the 26 people who donated blood.
Trevor, whose 13-year-old son Alex called the ambulance when he fell ill and was praised by paramedics for being ‘super cool’ looking after his dad, said the incident on January 22 is still sinking in.
The father to Rebecca, aged 15 and Anna, aged 11, added: “Doctors were trying to find what was wrong with me and everytime I got out of bed I collapsed.
“I had 21 pints of blood transfused in Warrington and then needed five more when I got to Liverpool.”
The husband to Francis, aged 44, for the last 18 years only found out afterwards he had a 50/50 chance of survival.
He added: “If I hadn’t had the blood while the medical people were trying to suss out what was going on I wouldn’t be here.
“It’s weird to think 20 or 30 years ago I wouldn’t have survived it.
“It’s scary but at the same time I feel quite privileged.”
Trevor, who had been a donor previously and earned his 15 pint medal, now has to wait before he can donate again due to the transfusion but hopes to fundraise through a thank you party.
He added: “I would encourage anyone who can to donate as it’s not painful, it’s quick and it could save somebody’s life.”