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10 expats respond to call for rare-type blood donors

SHANGHAI Daily's appeal published on Saturday for rare-type blood donors to help an old teacher suffering anemia has received many responses from local expatriates who have the suitable blood types and want to donate.

The newspaper has passed their messages to the patient's family and will help arrange blood donation when necessary.

Ten foreigners from countries such as Spain and Canada have contacted Shanghai Daily eager to donate their blood to the 87-year-old Zhang Jingdi, a retired French-language teacher.

Zhang suffered anemia after a surgery to remove a big tumor from his abdomen and left kidney as well. His rare AB negative blood type is difficult to find among the Chinese but is more common among Caucasians.

He is now recovering from critical condition. Doctors said his anemia was caused by his weak physical condition and blood loss during the surgery.

Most of the foreign volunteers have Zhang's same blood type. Some either have O negative, a "universal donor" type, or a compatible A negative blood type.
"We are deeply touched and are grateful to the foreign volunteers. The hospital and the city's blood center have promised to try their best to find enough blood for my father's treatment," said Zhang Chunyu, the patient's son, today.

"My father is currently in stable condition. We will contact some volunteers to arrange a blood donation if necessary as his treatment continues," he said.

A fluent French and English speaker, Zhang Jingdi is renowned for joining foreign communities in Shanghai to do charity work for the city's needy people. He has raised more than 5 million yuan over the past 25 years.


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