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Save three lives by donating blood during National Blood Donation Week

Peter having a blood transfusion at Rosebud Hospital.

Peter McCarthy knows first-hand the important role donated blood plays in saving lives.

“My bone marrow is scarred, which means I’m not making any red blood cells to carry the oxygen around my body and feed the muscles,” explained Peter, a patient at Peninsula Health’s Rosebud Hospital.

“That’s why I have to have blood transfusions.”

It’s National Blood Donation Week and June 14 is World Blood Donation Day.

One in three Australians will need blood or a blood product in their lifetime, but only 1 in 30 currently donates.

Peter admits donating blood is not something that ever crossed his mind before two years ago, when a regular blood test found he was slightly anaemic and led to the diagnosis of the scarring of his bone marrow.

“You don’t think about donating blood when you’re healthy – it’s not until you get crook and need it yourself that you see how important it is,” said Peter.

“After having the blood transfusions, I now think why not donate blood, you should do it.”

Thanks to the blood transfusions, the 68-year-old from Rosebud is able to continue enjoying his retirement playing golf, gardening and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

“There’s no cure for what I’ve got,” explained Peter.

“I just have to keep seeing the haematologist and having blood transfusions when my haemoglobin count drops below 90. Most people have a count of at least 120-130.”

Peter, who has lived on the Peninsula for 65 years, says it’s great to be able to have the blood transfusions so close to home at Rosebud Hospital.

“It’s easy to have them here, it’s only 5 minutes away from home,” he said.

“All the nurses are exceptional and couldn’t have been more helpful.”

If you’d like to donate blood and help people like Peter, you can register for an appointment online. There are blood donation centres in Frankston, Rosebud and Cranbourne East.

You can save three lives by donating blood today.

 

Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au
0419 868 824