Berwick woman receives accolade for fund-raising

Experiencing a life-threatening deep vein thrombosis after a trip abroad led a Berwick woman to fund-raise and increase awareness of the condition.

Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 9:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:24 pm
Michelle Parkins at the Scottish Parliament with Donald Cameron MSP and Jo Jerrome, CEO of Thrombosis UK.

Michelle Parkins, 23, was presented with a Thrombosis UK Fund-raisers Award at a Scottish Parliament event after raising more than £1,000 for the charity.

She 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 clot had moved into the lungs and was causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Doctors suspected the combined pill triggered the blood clot.

Michelle said: “My main aim was to 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.

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“I would like to personally thank the local companies and people for helping to get this fund-raiser 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 fund-raiser’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.