Donor a life saver 900 times

Frequent blood, plasma and platelets donor Marie Stephens. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423380
Frequent blood, plasma and platelets donor Marie Stephens. Picture: Marcus Whisson d423380

Ms Stephens’ contribution equates to about 140 litres of blood, which the Red Cross says would have helped save about 900 lives.

Though scared of needles, Ms Stephens said she sets aside one day every fortnight to donate and encouraged others to do so.

‘It’s something that I do, I go and donate plasma and leave and don’t even think about it anymore,’ Ms Stephens said.

‘You have to make a commitment to do it, I set aside that day every fortnight, you go in for a couple of hours and have a coffee, come back and get on with your life.’

Ms Stephens said once people committed to donating a few times, it became easier.

‘I think once people start and get into a pattern, it’s a thing they’ll do for life,’ she said. Ms Stephens’ contribution to the Red Cross was celebrated along with more than 500 Perth donors for last week’s National Blood Donor Week.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said the life-saving donations had improved the lives of many West Australians, including new mothers, cancer patients and people who had undergone emergency surgery.

‘Every donation helps to save three lives, but the contributions of each of our milestone donors have stretched so much further,’ Ms Willet said.

To become a donor, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au