Experiencing a life threatening deep vein thrombosis after a trip abroad led a Berwick girl to fund raise and increase awareness of the condition.
Michelle Parkins, 23, was presented with a Thrombosis UK Fundraisers Award at a Scottish Parliament event after raising over £1000 for the charity.
Michelle developed a deep vein thrombosis three weeks after arriving home from a trip abroad. The pain in her lower calf felt like cramp or strained muscle, but within a few days was hurting so much Michelle could hardly walk.
The clot remained undiagnosed for several more days until Michelle also became breathless; the blood clots had moved into the lungs and was causing a life threatening pulmonary embolism. Doctors suspected the combined pill triggered the blood clot.
After her fund raising and awareness efforts Michelle said: “My main aim was to raise awareness and save a life by people realising the symptoms and risk factors. I am already planning to do another event in the near future.
“I would like to personally thank the local companies and people for helping to get this fundraiser together and for donating prizes. Without the help of them this wouldn’t have been possible”:
Michelle’s family were in the Scottish Parliament, to see her accept the fundraiser’s award from Donald Cameron MSP and Jo Jerrome, CEO of Thrombosis UK.
“It is critical that everyone understand the risks as well as the signs and symptoms so that more lives can be saved,” said Ms Jerome.