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Blood contains many life-saving components that can help to treat different illnesses and injuries. For many patients, blood donors are their lifeline.
Blood goes to those having medical emergencies such as accident survivors; individuals undergoing major surgeries such as organ transplants; patients with cancers and blood disorders like leukaemia and lymphomas or severe anaemia; and even new-borns with medical conditions.
The platelets found in blood are used to treat leukaemia patients. A single patient often needs platelets from 10 or more donors, all within a short period of time. Add to that the short 5-day lifespan of donated platelets, and you can understand why there is a constant need for platelet donors.
Every hour of the day, 15 units of blood are used in Singapore. We need about 120,000 units of blood to meet the transfusion needs of patients every year, equivalent to about 400 units of blood a day.
With an ageing population, more advanced life-saving medical procedures, and new hospitals being established, more blood will be needed every year. Our bloodbank is running LOW. Without blood transfusions, we wouldn't be able to support operations. One such beneficiary is Ms Serene Lee, who received 15 bags of blood products during her heart transplant surgery in 2015. "Today, I'm able to walk the wards and take care of my fellow patients as part of a patient support group," she said. "This has been made possible with the precious gift of life that the organ and blood donors have given me." Ms Serene Lee also tracked down the parents of her heart donor and reunite the heart with her family. The link to the incredible story is here: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/organ-recipient-follows-donors-heart
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