BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty 'clenches' in hospital as fans hail her as a life saver
NAGA Munchetty was branded a life saver as she gave blood yesterday – despite being absolutely terrified.
The BBC Breakfast host, 46, shared a video from a hospital bed, revealing she had to “clench her bum” in order to get through the process.
She told her followers: "Just done this @givebloodnhs with one of favourite blood takers @willflanders and a record time for me of 5 mins 21 secs for approx 0.5l Woo hoo.
“It is that time again – buttock clenching, leg raising, arm squeezing – giving blood today.
"I am now with Ross who is now used to my skinny veins and makes it absolutely painless.
"I will be up and about after this with my day. So just know, if you want to give blood, you are doing a great thing."
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The star added: "I'll be done. If you can give blood, if you want to give blood, you are doing a good thing. Anyway, see you on BBC Breakfast."
Her followers rushed to praise her, with one person writing: “Brilliant- well done 👏🏾 this is so needed currently ❤️❤️.”
Another commented: “You're a champ! Thank you ❤.”
While someone else remarked: “Life saver”, as a further person added: “Well done Naga, blood banks save lives & donors save lives.”
The NHS collects blood at over 23 permanent blood donation centres in all of the UK's major cities, as well as a string of makeshift venues that pop up in local church halls, sports centres, and football stadiums throughout the year.
Blood donations not only save lives in emergency situations but they also help those suffering from terminal illness enjoy a better quality of life too.
You can donate just under a pint of blood every 16 weeks if you are a woman and every 12 if you are a man.
This is because it takes the body at least three months to replace all of its red blood cells.
As only people between the ages of 17-65 can donate blood, the UK currently needs over 200,000 new donors to meet the needs of hospitals.
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