Red Cross recog­nises vet­eran blood donor’s com­mit­ment

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

Af­ter an ac­ci­dent at age 19 left him need­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of blood, Wayne Good­sell has spent the past 50 years giv­ing back as a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing the peo­ple who helped him.

Last week, Mr Good­sell marked 50 years of do­nat­ing his blood to the Red Cross and urged oth­ers to do their bit to help.

“It’s a gift ev­ery­one has the abil­ity to give and it is re­ally just the right thing to do,” he said.

Blood Ser­vice spokes­woman Jes­sica Wil­let con­grat­u­lated Mr Good­sell on his do­na­tion mile­stone.

“It takes an in­cred­i­ble amount of ded­i­ca­tion to con­tinue to do­nate blood for 50 years,” she said.

“Wayne re­cently gave his 425th do­na­tion, which means he has helped save the lives of 1275 peo­ple dur­ing his blood- do­na­tion ca­reer.”

Mr Good­sell is one of just 20 WA blood donors whose do­nated plasma is used to make life­sav­ing Anti- D in­jec­tions for the 17 per cent of Aus­tralian 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,” Ms Wil­let said.

“It’s thanks to donors like Wayne that thou­sands of women across Aus­tralia have been gifted the hap­pi­ness of bring­ing healthy ba­bies into the world.

“Wayne has lit­er­ally been sav­ing the lives of the lo­cal com­mu­nity for five decades.”

Pic­ture: Piera Wil­lix

Wayne Good­sell has been do­nat­ing blood for 50 years.

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