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