Donation to help WA bone and tissue bank

plus-life-media-pic-2-lower-resPlusLife, Western Australia’s bone and tissue bank, has been named the beneficiary of a $15,500 donation from St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

PlusLife is the only bone and tissue bank in WA and has delivered services valued at more than $30 million to the community over the past 23 years.  In addition to supplying for local medical procedures, it also provides bone and tissue around Australia.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital selected PlusLife as its Charity of the Year after a staff member who works in theatre nominated the organisation for their specialist work providing human bone and tissue grafts for orthopaedic patients undergoing spine, hip and joint surgery.

“We hope this money will provide a financial boost after PlusLife’s recent relocation from Nedlands to Midland and the upcoming building works for new purpose-built cleanrooms, laboratory and freezer stores at Midland.”

Mr Keogh said the money had been raised through several events, including the hospital’s annual ball, raffles, special lunch days, ward and department fundraisers and the Christmas Carols by Candlelight event. One charity is selected as the hospital’s main beneficiary each year.

Director of Mission Colin Keogh at the hospital said PlusLife had been chosen as the recipient after a rigorous selection process.

“Dedicated medical teams at St John of God Murdoch Hospital perform many orthopaedic procedures each year and our patients benefit greatly from the service provided by PlusLife,” Mr Keogh said.

“At the same time, we are aware that PlusLife does not have a high community profile yet their work makes a very real difference to the lives of many of our patients.

“We hope this money will provide a financial boost after PlusLife’s recent relocation from Nedlands to Midland and the upcoming building works for new purpose-built cleanrooms, laboratory and freezer stores .”

Mr Keogh said the money had been raised through several events, including the hospital’s annual ball, raffles, special lunch days, ward and department fundraisers and the Christmas Carols by Candlelight event. One charity is selected as the hospital’s main beneficiary each year.

PlusLife Managing Director Anne Cowie welcomed the funding, saying it acknowledged the immense benefits that tissue and bone donations made to the lives of West Australians.

“We are extremely grateful to St John of God Murdoch Hospital and their staff, for their generous financial support that will supplement our life-changing work,” Mrs Cowie said.

“We have a strong community ethos at PlusLife and it is so touching that the St John of God Murdoch Hospital community has come together to help raise awareness, education and financial support for our very important health service.”

The money will be used to purchase a new bone saw, which is used in bone processing.

Mrs Cowie said one tissue donor had the potential to improve the wellbeing, sight and mobility of up to 60 people. But despite this, many people did not realise tissue donation was even possible.

PlusLife bone and tissue transplants are required almost every day to treat patients with spinal deformities, young people with bone cancers (often preventing the amputation of a limb); and many more patients with arthritic joint disease and sporting injuries.

Last year, more than 500 patients were supplied bone and tissue transplants.

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