Six year old Sussex boy follows his blood test through the laboratory

Kyan Higgs with pathology staff at Eastbourne DGH

A boy from Eastbourne has followed the journey of his own blood sample at Eastbourne District General Hospital (DGH) from blood test through to the laboratory.

Six year old Kyan Higgs from Eastbourne Kyan has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and because of his illness has a lot of blood taken.

With the help of hospital pathology staff and a charity called Harvey’s Gang, Kyan was invited to see what happens to his blood sample when it comes to the laboratory.

Harvey’s Gang is a charity which invites young people serious illnesses to become trainee biomedical scientists for the day and tour pathology laboratories with their families.

During his tour of the laboratory he found out how blood is selected for transfusion, he booked in his own blood sample and loaded it onto the analyser.

He watched his sample being processed and then saw a Biomedical Scientist make a blood film.

Kyan then looked blood down a microscope to see a magnified image of his blood and then drew a picture of it.

At the end of the visit he received a certificate, a goodie bag and a lab coat to take home funded by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists.

Kyan’s mum, Lia Higgs said:

“Kyan is a very brave boy. He often has to have injections and blood samples taken. So this was a great opportunity for him to put on his own mini lab coat and see what happens.

“He particularly liked the big lab with the shaking blood machine.

“It was a great experience for him.”

Claire Barnes Transfusion Practitioner said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer Kyan an opportunity to see for himself what happens to his blood in the laboratory.

“This initiative is a great way for children to gain a greater understanding of why we take blood samples from them.

“My thanks to Sally Richardson who has enabled and supported me to up with Harvey’s Gang and the pathology lab staff involved in making this happen.”

At the end of the tour, Kyan said to his mum:

“When I get home I can put my new coat on and tell all my teddy bears about it.”

1. Kyan and the pathology team at Eastbourne DGH

2. Kyan and the pathology team at Eastbourne DGH

3. Kyan and the pathology team at Eastbourne DGH