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Paddy Power, the gift of sight!

6 January 2016

Paddy is a handsome, young Labrador cross Cocker Spaniel, who belongs to one of Willows nurses, Jenny. Paddy is a true hero as he often donates blood to help his canine and feline friends, along with other staff members’ beloved dogs.

Unusually this blood donation is not for a blood transfusion to be given to a patient, but in fact for sight-saving serum eye drops.

Serum eye drops contain antibodies that help break down bacteria in patients with melting eye ulcers (when an ulcer becomes infected and rapidly deteriorates affecting a large area of the eye surface). This condition is serious and can rapidly lead to loss of sight and even the loss of the eye!

Healthy dogs donate a small volume of blood and the separated serum is used to make the drops, which have the potential to save a patients sight. The ophthalmic team are incredibly grateful for the dogs that are able to donate, as this treatment is second to none.

Paddy has donated blood 5 times in the last 18 months and is more than happy to donate - in return for lots of fuss and treats!

Well done Paddy, what a superstar!


Paddy after donating blood with nurse Jenny

Paddy after donating blood with nurse Jenny


Paddy having a well deserved rest after his donation 

Paddy at home

Paddy having a well deserved rest after his donation