Grate­ful blood re­cip­i­ent re­turns favour to vul­ner­a­ble new­borns

Weekend Courier - - Front Page -­mu­ni­ d474145 ROCK­ING­HAM 70-year-old Wayne Good­sell has saved the lives of many un­born ba­bies.

Mr Good­sell has made 394 blood do­na­tions and is part of a spe­cial group of blood donors with a rare blood type.

“When I was 19 years old, I was in­volved in a car crash and was brought back to life a cou­ple of times,” he said.

“I re­quired 24 pints of blood, it saved my life.

“I vowed to pay it back by do­nat­ing blood and I’ve been do­ing it for 50 years.”

Mr Good­sell is one of 19 blood donors in WA who are part of the Anti-D pro­gram.

His do­nated plasma is used to make life­sav­ing Anti-D injections for preg­nant women with a neg­a­tive blood type.

Anti-D pre­vents the mother’s blood from harm­ing her baby in utero when their blood types are in­com­pat­i­ble, and pro­tects them from haemolytic dis­ease of the new­born, which can cause se­vere anaemia and still­birth.

In Aus­tralia, 17 per cent of all preg­nant women are at risk, and there are only 150 Aus­tralian donors whose blood is able to pro­tect th­ese ba­bies.

As part of its Anti-D 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, the Blood Ser­vice is is­su­ing a call for more donors to fol­low in the foot­steps of Anti-D donors by do­nat­ing plasma.

To do­nate blood or plasma visit do­nate­ or call 13 14 95.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Wayne Good­sell has saved the lives of many new­borns as an Anti-D donor.

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