Ont. woman says she still can’t use her arm four years after donating blood

Article Link: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ont-woman-says-she-still-can-t-use-her-arm-four-years-after-donating-blood-1.5194410

A young woman in Ontario claims she has been robbed of her independence and of her future since losing mobility in her arm after donating blood. Four years ago, Gabriella Ekman visited a blood drive hosted by Canadian Blood Services so she could donate blood for the first time in her life. “I was freshly 17. I was finally old enough to give blood. I was completely healthy. And that morning that I gave blood, my life changed as I knew it completely,” she told CTVNews.ca during a telephone interview from her home in Wasaga Beach, Ont. on Tuesday. During the visit, Ekman recounted that the phlebotomist who drew her blood had said “whoops” when she put the needle into her arm.