Regular blood donor retires

11 January 2018 | Society

After making an impressive 242 donations, 74-year old Barend du Plessis is retiring from donating blood.

“I am actually a little sad because I wanted to reach 250, but unfortunately due to my medical condition, I can no longer continue to donate. Still, I am really grateful to have continuously done my part to help save lives over the years,” Du Plessis says.

According to Titus Shivute, Namibia Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) educational officer, donors like Du Plessis are hard to come by.

“His passion for the cause over so many years should be taken as an exemplary target among current blood donors and those who qualify to donate but do not currently do so,” he said.

One blood donation can potentially help saves the lives of three patients. Thus Du Plessis has potentially helped save 726 patients during his long-spanning career as a blood donor.

According to Du Plessis, you never know when you may also require a blood transfusion.

“I was once hospitalised myself and had to received 5 units of blood after a diagnosis from my doctor,” he says. He would like to encourage others to donate blood regularly for as long as they can.

Those interested in becoming a blood donor must be older than 16 years, weigh more than 50 kg, lead a sexually safe lifestyle and enjoy general good health.

For more information, join the conversation on the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia's Facebook page or call 061 386 300.

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