Blood worth bot­tling

Ivan Miles is one of just 19 peo­ple in WA with a spe­cial power to save the lives of un­born ba­bies.

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page -

THERE are only 19 peo­ple in WA who can help save the lives of hun­dreds of un­born ba­bies.

And two of them live right here in Ar­madale and Kelm­scott.

Ivan Miles and Jean Gill are among a small group of WA donors with a rare blood type who can pro­vide Anti-D plasma to un­born ba­bies at risk of be­ing at­tacked by their mother’s an­ti­bod­ies.

Mr Miles, who has do­nated more than 120 times, said he didn’t see him­self as be­ing any more spe­cial than other donors.

“If I have a blood prod­uct that can help peo­ple then it is only proper to do­nate it,” he said.

“It is a priv­i­lege in itself to be able to help peo­ple who need it.

“In re­al­ity, it is not an im­po­si­tion and if it helps to save lives or help pa­tients in other ways then I am only too happy to as­sist.”

Ms Gill agreed, and said it was a good feel­ing to think of the scores of peo­ple she had helped with her 211 do­na­tions af­ter be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end her­self.

““If some­body hadn’t pro­vided me with an in­jec­tion af­ter my first child was born, my sec­ond one prob­a­bly wouldn’t sur­vive,” she said.

“I’m thank­ful for that per­son back in 1971 and be­cause of that anti D in­jec­tion my child born in 1974 was fine.

“When they told me I was a can­di­date, I thought, ‘yes I’m go­ing to do this, be­cause some­body helped me’.”

Blood Ser­vice spokesper­son Jes­sica Wil­let said this year marked the 50th an­niver­sary of the Anti-D pro­gram.

She said ap­point­ments booked over Mel­bourne Cup week were low and more donors were needed to help keep blood and plasma stocks at a healthy level. To make an ap­point­ment, visit www.do­nate­blood.com.au or call 13 14 95.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d475465

Ivan Miles.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d475465

Donor Ivan Miles.

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