A gentle giant condemned the NHS today after they refused to take his blood under health and safety rules because — he is TOO BIG.
Towering Jamie Knight, 20, has donated blood for three years without any problems since his grandmother received a life-saving transfusion.
But the 6ft 9ins man mountain was stunned when nurses turned him away from a clinic claiming they could not guarantee the beds would support his well-built frame.
Jamie, who weighs around 25 stone, even offered to bring in own blow-up bed or lie on the FLOOR – but the blood nurses refused to budge.
He said: ”I am probably a little bit heavier than I ought to be, but I am a very big bloke. I am not massively overweight for my height.
”All I want to do is give blood. I have given at least six pints in the past and have never had a problem.
”But last week they sat me down and said if I could not assure them I was under 25-stone, then I could not give blood.
”They were worried the bed would not take my weight. I said I had not weighed myself, so could not guarantee it.
”I told them I was prepared to do it whatever the consequences – at my own risk – but they weren’t having it.
”I was gutted – especially as they are always appealing for people to give blood.”
Jamie, a foundry planner from South Petherton, Somerset, started giving blood three years ago – turning out at his local church when the NHS donor service came to town.
But he was stunned last week when staff turned him away from a session in Martock unless he could prove he weighed under 25 stone.
Larger-than-life Jamie – who has just finished performing as the Giant in Jack and The Beanstalk at his local carnival – was left feeling humiliated.
Jamie, who lives with girlfriend Jenny, 24, said: ”I called the helpline to see if there was a bigger bed anywhere in the country where I could go – but I was told there was nowhere they were aware of.
”I have been in hospital several times, particularly when I was younger because of my height.
”I’ve also been to the doctors and there’s never been a problem with getting on a bed.”
A spokesman for the NHS Blood and Transplant Service said: ”We cannot discuss individual cases.
”However any donors wanting to contact us with a query can call our donor helpline on 0300-1232323.
”We would also be happy to discuss the situation directly with the individual concerned.”