MICHELLE Glasson had not seriously considered giving blood until a surgery complication left her needing 22 pints of it.
In December 2013, one of Ms Glasson’s veins was accidentally cut during a spinal fusion, leading to internal bleeding.
“In recovery, my blood pressure dropped, my heart stopped and I had to be resuscitated,” Ms Glasson said.
“I needed a massive amount of blood to save my life.”
Ms Glasson spent five days in intensive care following the surgery.
“I had never in my life donated blood before this operation and I am now 50,” she said.
“It was always something that other people might need – but never me.”
Exactly two years after her surgery, Ms Glasson gave blood at the Fremantle Donor Centre.
“It was very emotional – if it wasn’t for the anonymous people who donated blood in 2013 to save my life, I would not have been able to do that.”
Perth Blood Donor Centre spokeswoman Jessica Willett said just seven people were booked in to donate on Easter Sunday and only two were scheduled for Easter Monday.
“To meet hospital demand for blood and to save lives, it’s essential that we see an extra 100 donors during those two days,” she said.
“Your blood donation will help road trauma victims, cancer patients and many other seriously ill Australians this Easter.”
To make an appointment to give blood at Perth Blood Centre, visit http://www.donateblood.com.au.