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    Darren's story: Two wheels from Wellington

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    Don’t fall asleep in the back of your car when your mates are inside the pub drinking.
    That’s the tough lesson Darren Ellwood learned in 1975. The then 17-year-old who was living in Lalor Park in Sydney’s west, went out one night for a drive in his car with some mates who were older than him. Being too young to gain entry to the hotel, he was left in the car outside a pub while they went in for a drink.
    Tired and bored, he went to sleep in the back seat of his car. The next think he knew when he awoke, was he was trapped in the back seat. His mates had taken his car keys and taken the car for a drive – which ended abruptly when the car collided with two trees, two lamp posts and a bus shelter.
    Trapped in the back seat, Darren was bleeding profusely, but ambulance officers managed to transfuse him blood and free him from the wreckage.
    Unbeknownst to Darren, the blood – which in those days wasn’t screened for blood-borne viruses – was contaminated with hep C…
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