James Kyle O'Mara Passed away on 8th June 2017 James will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
On 1st June 2017 James, aged 13, went to A & E feeling unwell after a few days of sickness. Prior to that he had been fit and healthy. They told us he had leukaemia and immediately transferred him to Birmingham Children's Hospital.
He was so unwell they decided to treat him on intensive care and started Chemo straight away, by this time we were told he had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia - an aggressive form of leukaemia.
For one week, whilst under sedation, he tried to battle against the odds with the help of the most amazing doctors and nurses medication and 89 units of blood products. One nurse performed a blood transfusion by hand, taking out with one syringe and putting in with another. The nurses worked 12 hour shifts and literally did not stop during that time.
Unfortunately, after one week, on 8th June 2017 James's body couldn't fight anymore, all of his organs were under attack and his body just couldn't take it. His liver had failed and his body was being poisoned leading to multi organ failure.
Our lives have changed forever.
Friends and family have asked what they can do to help and we will be setting up a fund in James's name for charity and are raising funds on this site. However, we would like to encourage anyone who is eligible to donate blood or platelets, at least once, but hopefully repeatedly.
There are so many poorly children and adults that need blood and blood products such as platelets, it doesn't cost us anything to donate other than time - about one hour every 3 months and it really could save someone's life and give hope to families in situations like ours.
We never would have imagined to have been in this position and can only thank all those many people that gave their blood and platelets that gave us hope.
If you can, please donate blood, if you can't encourage some else to do so. Please help us save lives of others in James's name.
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