Blood transfusions ‘saved my life’ at 16

LEGEND: Dave Moore of Wodonga at his 30th blood donation in Albury on World Blood Donor Day, congratulated by Eliza Ault-Connell, who survived meningococcal disease as a teenager. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS
LEGEND: Dave Moore of Wodonga at his 30th blood donation in Albury on World Blood Donor Day, congratulated by Eliza Ault-Connell, who survived meningococcal disease as a teenager. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

As Dave Moore gave his 30th blood donation on Wednesday, he heard the story of a Border woman whose life was “saved” at 16 by transfusions.

On World Blood Donor Day, Eliza Ault-Connell shared her story at the Albury Donor Centre.

“I had meningococcal disease in 1997 at 16 and lost both my legs below my knee,” the paralympian said.

“I had more than 60 surgeries and needed a lot of blood – transfusions literally saved my life.”

Mr Moore, of Wodonga, also had a personal link.

“I was out for dinner on Friday night and a very good friend, who had transfusions, said ‘People like you saved my life’ – it gave my goosebumps,” he said.

“It’s something you can do to help others, that takes an hour of your time.”

But not enough people do, said Ault-Connell. “One in three people need blood, however only one in 30 people regularly donate,” she said.

“We tend to think of people who have been in accidents, but we don’t often think of the people in our lives who have been recipients.”