Tourists help save grandfather s life

The family of a Mandurah grandfather needing a life-saving blood transfusion in Bali say they are overwhelmed by the response from Australian tourists who rushed to donate blood in Denpasar at the weekend.

Chris Ellison arrived in Bali last week for 70th birthday celebrations, but was rushed to Sanglah Hospital three days later after a possible stroke.

Doctors decided he needed the transfusion but were 11 units short of his rare O-negative blood type.

As news of Mr Ellison's situation spread, the hospital was inundated with tourists willing to donate.

"I want to send a big thank-you to everyone for donating blood," his wife Sylvia said.

The West Australian

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