The little girl in our Christmas poster campaign is Orla Galton. Here is her story.
For Sharon and Ceri Galton of Bridgend, 2006 will be long remembered as a scary time, a time when their 3-year-old daughter Orla was diagnosed with leukemia and her fight for life started.
Her survival was dependant on excellent specialist care from staff and specialists at the Children’s Hospital for Wales and blood and platelet transfusions – without these life saving donations Orla would not have survived.
The Christmas season always conjures a mixture of emotions for the Galton family because they remember a dark time when Orla was receiving chemotherapy treatment and her only wish on Santa’s list was to be home with her brother and sister.
On Christmas Eve and whilst the outside world was buzzing with seasonal festivities, Orla was receiving a blood transfusion, which allowed her to go home to spend Christmas with her family.
Mum Sharon recalls “Orla looked forward to her transfusions because it gave her a burst of energy; a bit like eating a jar of blue smarties! Christmas is a time for families and sharing gifts – I could never thank the people who found the time to kindly donated their blood and platelets, they gave us a priceless gift – the gift of liquid gold”
The good news is that Orla is in remission and now bubbles with life. She wouldn’t be the exuberant little girl she is today without the support of blood and platelet donors.