A life giving donation

Lismore Blood Services nurse unit manager Leanne Latham with plasma donor Trevor Keys.

Trevor Keys has been donating blood for as long as he can remember, so it wasnt a big ask to get him to donate some of his plasma as well.

Trevor is one of 23 Lismore volunteers who became the first plasma donors at the new plasma collection unit at the Lismore Blood Service.

Trevor, an electrician with Lismore Base Hospital, jokingly said it was a chance to take a bit of time off work, read The Echo and drink a delicious milkshake.

Someones got to do it, and when my kids heard that you get chocolates and milkshakes, they wanted to come along as well, said Trevor.

Plasma is one of the three vital components of blood and is used to make 13 different products to treat a range of conditions including haemophilia.

To give plasma you must have donated blood at least once in the past year, be aged between 18 and 60 and weigh over 50 kilograms. The safe and painless procedure takes about 40 minutes. To make an appointment or for more information phone the Lismore Blood Service on 131 495.

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