Gift of life: Have you donated blood before?


Gift of life: Have you donated blood before?

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That year, I took a group of nursing students to a blood bank as part of haematology clinical experience. Most of them decided to donate blood that morning. I did, too, upon their persuasion.

I was ashamed to admit that it was my first time. But it was a satisfying experience to have contributed to a gift of life!

Have you donated blood before? Do you even know what blood group you belong to, in case of an emergency?

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Quote:-

Donating one unit of blood may save the lives of up to three people. – the American Red Cross.

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10 Comments

  1. Yes I was a regular. I started as soon as I could at eighteen because we were brought up on mum’s story of the eight pints of blood when she nearly died after giving birth to my younger sister! There have been breaks along the way for having babies, being anaemic and now I have cancer I have had to be taken off the register. I had been hoping to carry on for ever!

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  2. I used to give blood a lot in my 20’s. I’m blood group A+. This makes me less attractive to biting insects but more prone to B12 deficiency. In the UK we get a cup of tea and a biscuit afterwards.

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    1. This is interesting. “This makes me less attractive to biting insects… ”

      Blood bank usually ensures that it is safe for one to donate, females must have a minimum hemoglobin level of 12.5g/dL and males must have a minimum level of 13.0g/dL.

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