Lyriacos’s story

Lyriacos Kanias was only 6 months old when he was diagnosed with an inherited blood disorder, thalassemia, which prevented him from making his own red blood cells. To stay alive he faced a lifetime of transfusions.

He is one of the regulars to the day unit on Ward C1, University Hospital for Wales where every year he receives over 52 red blood cell transfusions.

“I really appreciate the people who have helped me over the years and have kindly donated their blood, it has allowed me to live my life, meet my wife Karin and become a Dad.”