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December 2, 2016

Construction starts on PlusLife

A sod turning ceremony has marked the start of construction on a bone and tissue bank in Midland we have designed for not-for-profit organisation PlusLife. The $10m facility will house PlusLife’s headquarters, and includes a new cleanroom, testing and research laboratories, and freezer stores for processing donated bone and tissue.

PlusLife is the only bone and tissue bank in WA, and the new facility will be the best in the country. 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.

Members of our health team joined PlusLife Managing Director Anne Cowie, the Health Minister John Day and Planning Minister Donna Faragher at the ceremony. Also present were bone cancer patients Angus Hollington (13), and Harry O’Neill (15), pictured,  both of whom were spared from limb amputations as a result of receiving bone donations.

“Without the bone donation from PlusLife there is no doubt I would have lost my arm and life would not be what it is today,” Harry said.

Construction is scheduled to start in December and will take about a year .

If you are interested in finding out about donating life-saving blood and tissue, visit the PlusLife website.