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    Plasma recipient Nikky

    July 10, 2018

    After being diagnosed with the incredibly rare Guillain Barré syndrome at Christmas six years ago, Nikky required treatment made from the plasma of over 1,000 donors. This donated plasma not only helped her run again, but it’s given her a whole new outlook on life. Here’s her story.

    Plasma Recipient Nick

    July 10, 2018

    Over the past 30 years, Nick has received 360 infusions from donated plasma. Today, he’s inspired to learn as much as he can about his diagnoses, and help provide support to others in similar situations. Here’s his story.

    Plasma recipient, Jess

    July 10, 2018

    After experiencing a burst artery in her stomach, Jess experienced extensive internal bleeding and needed 21 units of blood, 8 units of plasma, and 5 units of platelets to survive.

    Plasma recipient Jake, standing in front of brick wall

    July 10, 2018

    At just 16, Jake suffered from Toxic Shock Syndrome. After spending several days unconscious in hospital, he was given a blood transfusion and a lot of plasma. It was that plasma helped to neutralise the deadly bacterial toxins in his body, and ultimately saved his life.

    Blood Donor in Blood Donor Centre

    June 7, 2018

    Keep being a lifesaver! No, really. Donated blood can only be stored for 42 days, so please, give regularly.

    Shannon, plasma recipient and mum

    June 7, 2018

    1 in 5 women will need blood products at some point during their pregnancy. Here Shannon tells the story of when she was that woman: twice.

    Pregnant woman blood recipient

    May 10, 2018

    Every year, 175,000 Australian couples will have their first child. While it can be the happiest time of your life, if you’re a first-time father or partner and you’re feeling…well, a bit useless – you’re not alone. Find out how you can show your support.

    Blood Recipient Alison's Story

    May 10, 2018

    Twelve hours after Heather’s baby, Alison, was born, all the blood coursing through her little veins was replaced with donated blood. 27 years later, she’s grateful to those who made the decision to donate blood – and saved her life.

    Photo of Blood Recipient and Daughter

    May 10, 2018

    As a midwife, Rae was so excited to become pregnant herself. When the time finally came, the pregnancy was a dream, just as she'd hoped. The birth, however, was a different story.

    image of a blood donor, heart tattoo

    April 27, 2018

    Many of us would like to make a charitable contribution or volunteer our time for the greater good, but it can be tough to figure out where to start. These charitable causes won’t cost you a cent. 

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