About 1% of the population or 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand each year.
Blood donation is all about the generosity of voluntary unpaid donors giving blood for the benefit of other people in their community. Here are some stories that give a human face to our unsung heroes the blood donor and the people they have helped.
When Cantabrian Todd Kraiger isn’t working or spending time with family, you’ll find him out running up and down the Port Hills, cycling around the Canterbury plains or kayaking on the Waimakariri River.
Hypogammaglobulinemia is a bit of a tongue-twister, but for teenager Ella-Rose Meagher, it’s a way of life that she manages with spirit, maturity, 25mL of EVOGAM® every six days, and a good dose of humour.
15 year old Joshua Baxter is a typical teenager. When he’s not at school, you’ll find him practicing new tricks at his local skate park, surfing the net or taking the occasional trip with his mates, but every Sunday night,...
When Joseph Heke (Ngapuhi/Ngati Hineuru) started dating his girlfriend Melissa (Ngati Maniapoto) in 2007, it not only led him on a path towards becoming a husband and father, but also put him on a path to saving lives.
Whangaparaoa resident Brian O’Shea has been donating blood for 43 years but since his wife, Nancy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 10 years ago, the value of his donations have taken on a special meaning much closer to home.
I had been a blood donor since 16. I used to donate plasma as I was often overseas and I couldn’t donate whole blood due to the areas I worked in.
Ask Madie King when her life changed forever and she will quickly rattle off September 8, 2010.
When Melissa Ioane used to donate blood, she knew she was helping to save lives but it wasn’t until she needed blood transfusions herself, that she truly realised how important blood donors were.