Iris Soveida Padilla Durón, citizen of Honduras, employee of PAHO in Honduras , who was beneficiary of a blood donation (Original in Spanish)
I am Iris Soveida Padilla Durón from Honduras and I am 51 years old. When I was 22 years old I was diagnosed with Medullary Aplasia for which I was subjected to several blood transfusions in Honduras; the donors were my family members (cousins, uncles, close friends, my comrades and unknown donors), and thanks to all those generous donation I survived.
During the next four years I stabilized and even if my blood levels were not normal they were acceptable and I didn't need transfusions. I took a drug, Oximetalon, an androgen that stimulates the bone marrow to produce blood.
In 1987 I got pregnant and from the third month I got three blood transfusions ever 20 to 25 days, my child Milagro Alexandra was born, after eight months of pregnancy, the 17th of June of 1988 in Houston, I had to get large transfusions of red blood cells and platelets during delivery. After a month of her birth I had a relapse and had to get more transfusions. Furthermore six months after childbirth I was subjected once more to Oximetalon treatment in Houston.
At each and every one of my birthdays or my daughter Milagro's I asked to be allowed to see her one more year, I remember that in-between all those wishes I asked to see her first birthday, her first school year, her sixth grade, her fifth birthday, her high school graduation and her college graduation (the 15th of December 2012) and till now each and every one of my wishes was granted, for which I can say that I fill fulfilled and thankful.
The road has been long but every time that I had a relapse and needed to survive I got a transfusion. My lost severe relapse was in 1998 and I got three transfusions. Before that, in 1990, I was diagnosed with hip head necrosis because of the excessive use of steroids in my US treatment, for which I was subjected to the decompression of my right hip without the need of any transfusion. Nowadays, doctors define my condition as Hypoplasia of the bone marrow and since approximately one year and a half or two years I cannot use the drug, my blood levels have decreased since but they allowed me to be well until today.
From my personal experiment I can say that Thanks to God, My family and the donations of each and every person that appeared in my moments of need I was allowed to keep living. Today I can say that thanks to the generosity of others I live every day as if it was a gain and I allow myself to give my time , support, presence and help in every independent case with the conviction the my life has been a gift.