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Give Blood. Give Life!

If you donate money, you probably give food; but if you donate BLOOD, you gift LIFE!
We get to know the importance of donating blood only when we or some of our loved ones needs it!

Every second someone in the world needs blood.

That someone could be a mother giving birth,
an accident victim,
a girl suffering from life-threatening anemia,
a boy with dengue fever,
a father facing open heart surgery,
a cancer patient...

Thanks to the selfless contribution of blood donors who give their blood voluntarily, these patients received the gift of life.
Evidence from around the world shows that voluntary blood donors are the foundation of a safe blood supply because they are least likely to transmit potentially life-threatening infections from HIV, hepatitis and other viruses, through their blood.

Some facts about blood donation:

* Donating blood is safe & simple. It takes approx. 10-15 minutes to donate blood which can save one precious life :)

* One donation can help save the lives of up to 3 people

* Any healthy adult between 18 years and 60 years of age can donate blood.

* If all blood donors donate blood 3 times a year, it would help prevent all blood shortages

* Four main red blood cell types: A, B, AB and O. Each can be positive or negative for the Rh factor. AB is the universal recipient; O negative is the universal donor of red blood cells.

* Donating blood does not make you weak. It reduces the risk of heart attack.

* If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save over 1,000 lives!

* The donor cannot contract AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.

* There is no substitute for human blood.

* A normal adult has five to six liters of blood in his/her body of which only 300 ml is used during blood donation.

* After donating blood, you replace the fluid in hours and the red blood cells within four weeks. It takes eight weeks to restore the iron lost after donating.

Myth about blood donation

"Other people must be giving enough blood"
That's an assumption! If everyone takes this stand, what will happen to people in dire need of blood?


Surjit said...

A heart touching article and personally will follow it and donate the blood in next camp i come across...