Jewish Health

Deborah - Interview 24

Female
Age at interview: 75

Brief outline: Deborah was diagnosed with a Factor XI Deficiency of less than 1%, aged 45. She has fresh frozen plasma before, during and after any surgery. Her younger son was also found to have a deficiency of less than 1%.

Background: Deborah is a retired secretary/foreign correspondent and translator. She is married with two children. Ethnic background/nationality: Jewish English

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Deborah began to bleed heavily after surgery, when she was in her 40’s, and had to have several blood transfusions until a consultant suggested that her blood factors were checked. She was diagnosed with a Factor XI Deficiency of less than 1% and spent several weeks in hospital having transfusions of fresh frozen plasma. Family members were screened and Deborah’s younger son was also found to have a deficiency of less than 1%. Deborah was told at the time that this condition was only found among Ashkenazi Jews.

Deborah describes how procedures have changed over the years but she generally has fresh frozen plasma before, during and after any surgery. She says she remains conscious of the condition because it may cause problems, but overall, has not worried about the condition because she has been well supported by the medical profession and members of her family who are medical professionals. 

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