50-year reminder of greatest gift
IT was 50 years ago today that Lynette Slapp was violently stabbed five times in the neck and abdomen on her way home from school.
As the unconscious 13-year-old schoolgirl was rushed to hospital, her parents were told to prepare for the worst.
But thanks to a blood transfusion, she made it through the ordeal.
It was those events that led Mrs Slapp, now 63, to become a blood donor in 1975 - and today she will make her 45th blood donation at the Bundaberg Donor Centre.
"It will be 50 years (today) since I had my life-saving blood transfusion," Mrs Slapp said.
"I always book the next appointment when I donate and, when I looked at the date, I couldn't believe it. It was like fate."
Without the generosity of blood donors, Mrs Slapp would not be alive, a fact she is well aware of each time she gives blood.
"You never know when it's going to be you or someone you love who will need it," she said.
"When my four-year-old grandson was born, he had terrible jaundice and had to be flown down to Penrith where he was given a blood product, so the two of us have benefited from blood donations."
Before becoming a regular blood donor, Mrs Slapp, who lives at Sharon, said she was terrified of needles.
"My cousin always tormented me so I wouldn't have a needle for years," Mrs Slapp said.
But that changed when she was working as in the administration department at the Gosford Hospital in 1975.
"My work friends took me, did it with me, and it was a breeze," she said.
"It's really quick and easy and it doesn't hurt."