Sirle’s father had been a donor. She was still a little girl, but remembers how her father took the day off work and rode in from the kolkhoz on a bus with a group of other donors. Sirle remembers feeling that it was a solemn duty – her father was proud that his blood was needed. Each time her father donated, Sirle got the bracelet that her dad would remove in the evening and she’d play with it, administering medical care to her dolls.
Now Sirle, who has blood type B positive, is a donor herself and she gave blood for the first time while studying to be a hygienist in dental school. “When they offered the chance, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. It was completely nature for me.”
Now Sirle has already made over ten donations and has needed a blood transfusion herself while giving birth. “After that, I understood even better how essential donations were. Thank you!”