A mother is a woman who brings life into this world and plays different key professional, reli­gious and social roles in society. Biblically, according to Proverbs 31 she is a virtuous woman, a woman who speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She gets up while it is still dark and she pro­vides for her family; she is a woman of sub­stance and excellence. Prior to, during and after the birth of the baby, complications may arise leading to severe blood loss which may result in morbidity and mortality. According to national statistics, close to 40 percent of all blood transfusions are given to mothers following complications in pregnancy and/or childbirth. The blood transfusions given actually help to save lives as there will be no alternatives during such an emergency.

We all know the value and love of mothers and would do all we can to prevent the loss of these mothers who are bringing and caring for the new life. The consequences of a loss of a mother, espe­cially to a newborn baby and fam­ily in general, are too ghastly to contemplate. Let us do our part and ensure there is enough blood in the blood bank at all times. This past holiday, according to ZRP, this has been the bloodiest season ever in terms of road accidents in the country. As NBSZ, our responsibility is to ensure that the blood is available for those in need of it. “Ndakaona kubata kwa Mwari muhupenyu hwangu. Ishe vakatendeka, I nearly died”. Such are the words of Mrs Isabel Gono and below is her testimony of how blood transfusion saved her life. God gave me a second chance through blood transfusion — Mrs Isabel Gono, blood recipient, Gweru, Midlands Province.

Three weeks before delivery I started bleeding and proceeded to Gweru General Hospital where I was referred for scanning since med­ical personnel did not know the cause. The scan did not show any problems but the bleed­ing persisted. After delivering a healthy baby boy, the bleeding began to increase, a maternal condition known as post-partum haemorrhage which is a complication of the placenta. Due to blood loss I was unconscious and had to be resuscitated. I was then taken to theatre where it was discovered that I had a cervical tear (a maternal complication of the cervix). While in theatre I was transfused two units of blood.After the four-hour operation I was transfused four more units. Had it not been someone somewhere who spared a moment to donate blood I would have lost my life and the baby might never have felt a mother’s touch. I would like to thank blood donors for giving me a second chance to live. I saw how God’s hand takes precedence. I am able to be with my son, whom I have named Chipochashe. I had been sceptical about blood transfusion, but I now appreciate the importance of blood donors and their noble act of saving other people’s lives.

Our dear readers, we hope that this testi­mony has given you a new mindset about donating blood and its importance. To Mrs Gono her life depended upon it and the six units of blood that she received enabled her to live up to see Chipochashe. God changed her life from tears to a testimony.