This is my son Ollie, Ollie is 9 years old, and has severe haemophilia A.
Oliver is the second haemophiliac to be born in our family, prior to my nephews diagnosis we never even knew
what Haemophilia was!
We have since found that that both my sisters, my mum and I are all symptomatic carriers of the haemophilia
gene. And so my son's birth took place at the Haemophilia centre at The Royal London Hospital, not only to look
after my son who had a 50% chance of inheriting the gene, but to look after me too as my factor levels are lower
Ollie was diagnosed with Haemophilia shortly after birth, bloods were taken from the cord to do this. A few days
after Ollie was born the hospital decided to take another procedural blood test to make sure the first test was
correct. Unfortunately the Paediatric doctor who took the bloods decided the use the heel prick method, and as
a result Ollie had his first treatment later on that afternoon, as we could not get the bleeding to stop.
The next 12 months were quite scary not really knowing how to identify bleeds, always watching him, always
questioning if something was wrong that I couldn't see, it was a huge learning curve and I must have read every
single haemophilia book or article out there! Ollie started prophylaxsis at one years old as he was a very active
toddler, and had his port fitted at GOSH at around 15 months.
Having a port gave us a new lease of life, we were no longer tied to the hospital and we could manage our sons
condition at home, or even abroad on holiday! Haemophilia was no longer in control of us, we were in control of
haemophilia. Ollies port lasted 7 ½ years, and then one day just stopped working, we have since had the port
removed and have moved onto vein access in the last 12 months and hoping Ollie will start to self infuse this year.
I am happy to say that Ollie has developed into a very happy, balanced and active young boy, infusions don't seem
to bother him at all, and am proud to say that he seems to take it all in his stride.
As parents we try not to let his haemophilia hold him back, always Ollie first, Haemophilia second and as such he
gets on very well at school, he regularly plays football and tennis, and enjoys swimming too.