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Donated blood saves Central Queensland radio host's life

Sea Fm brekky host Pinky donating blood with CQ donation levels quite low. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Sea Fm brekky host Pinky donating blood with CQ donation levels quite low. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

WHEN Chris Banks went to sleep, he never expected to wake up six days later.

The then 14-year-old was found by his older brother bleeding from the head after a violent home invasion.

Chris said he might never have woken up if he hadn't received a blood transfusion right away.

That's why he is so grateful to blood donors, because it was the generosity of strangers that saved his life.

Chris, who is better known as Sea FM breakfast host Banksy, is getting behind a push for more locals to donate blood.

His co-host Pinky, was the first to jump onboard and gave blood last week, after seeing statistics showing the lack of blood donor numbers.

"I do like to give back and my body makes blood so it's straight forward. I'm an organ donor and all for this," Pinky said.

Meanwhile, Chris said it has taken quite a few years for him to speak of his ordeal, which police concluded was a home invasion gone wrong that saw thieves beat him as he slept in his house as a teen.

The Rockhampton local said he was at home playing video games with his cousin, while his older brother was out for the night and his parents were out of town.

He said he went to bed in his parent's room and told his cousin to shut off the video games when he was done. That is the last thing Chris remembers.

"A week later I woke up from being in coma while getting a cat scan done. My memory is going to bed and waking up in coma," he said.

"My house got broken into that night; police think it was a home invasion to look for jewellery. I have been in the bedroom and moved, and apparently they beat me with a blunt instrument and I had to get 30 stitches in my head.

"My brother came home and heard me moaning in the room and found me on the bed with blood everywhere."

Chris said he needed a blood transfusion because he had lost so much blood that doctors were afraid he wouldn't wake up.

"I'm okay now, they were saying at that time I was quite lucky I had that blood type (and that) they had enough supply to help me out," Chris said.

"If they hadn't had it there I would've died."

Chris wasn't able to donate blood for several years after receiving a transfusion but said he's now ready to head back to the donation centre and roll up his sleeve to help save someone else's life.

Topics:  blood bank, blood donation, blood transfusion, chris banks, home invasion, seafm




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