1:00pm Saturday 7th April 2012
By Tom Jennings
PARENTS of a young woman who died of a rare blood disorder in Oxford have raised cash to help others with the condition.
Zoe Dunn, 23, died of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a condition which causes blood to form small clots in the circulation, in January 2001.
She received 14 months of intensive treatment at the NHS Blood and Transplant centre in the John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford.
Her final wish was to help other people going through similar circumstances and her parents have been honouring that wish ever since. They helped create the Zoe Dunn Treatment Bay in the John Radcliffe and have now raised further funds to buy two personal DVD players for the bay.
The equipment will help patients feel more at home while they receive treatment.
Miss Dunn’s father, Paul Dunn, said: “It was Zoe’s wish to help other people in similar circumstances to those she found herself in as a result of her illness.
“We are working with the team at the clinic to see how we can further help.
“Later this year we will make further donations of equipment to the clinic, including a medical monitor and a nebuliser.”
Dr Sylvia Benjamin, consultant in haematology and transfusion medicine, said: “Blood plays an important role in helping to save and improve lives.
“Treatment at the clinic often involves lengthy visits to receive vital blood products.
“The personal DVD players will be gratefully received and will help patients to pass the time during their visit.
“We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Zoe’s parents for the support they have shown the clinic and its patients and for the gifts they have given.”
* For information about giving blood, call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk
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