Bonfils blood donor helps save a life on the high seas


Posted on 03/31/2017


Mary Morris carries her Bonfils Blood Center donor ID card with everything else in her wallet. The three-gallon blood donor never expected it would give her the chance to help save someone's life while on the open sea.

In February she was on a cruise from New Zealand to Australia, a day out from Tasmania. It was during dinner the captain announced there was a medical emergency and passengers who had O-positive blood were asked to consider helping. Thirty-nine percent of the population has O-positive blood.

Mary joined several other potential donors in the ship's medical center. Medical staff selected Mary to donate blood.

"Others who responded did not have donor cards and doctors were relieved to see mine," Mary said.

The captain later sent chocolates and a bottle of wine to Mary's cabin and once they ported in Tasmania, the captain announced the patient was doing well considering the circumstances and had been taken to a hospital.

"The most rewarding experience was, after all these years, the firsthand reality of knowing that donating blood really can help save a life, a warm memory I cherish from this trip," Mary said.

You don't need to go far from home to give blood and save lives. Visit any of Bonfils' eight community donor centers or multiple, daily mobile blood drives. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

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Mary is not only a Bonfils blood donor. She also helps publicize Bonfils' Craig community blood drives. Bonfils depends on schools, businesses, civic organizations and other groups to volunteer to host mobile blood drives to make blood donation more convenient for more donors. Right now new blood drive hosts are needed starting this summer and beyond. Click on the link below to learn how you can get involved. 

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