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French baby stabilizes after platelet transfusion

THE parents of a one-week-old French boy in poor health felt some relief yesterday after his platelet count stabilized after receiving a transfusion.

The boy, who was born seven weeks premature with many health problems, was sent to the intensive care unit of Shanghai Children's Medical Center upon delivery on March 6.

"His health was bad from the day he was born," his father, Clement Nedelcu, wrote in an e-mail to Shanghai Daily yesterday. "His platelet count went down a little more every day until it became critical and he needed a transfusion.

"At first they said two to three days, but they were uncertain, so we panicked and thought we should do our best to find donors as quickly as possible," he added.

Nedelcu said he sent e-mails to colleagues and friends in Shanghai and the message was posted on

The parents received many responses and found 10 potential donors. Two foreigners donated platelets at Shanghai Blood Center yesterday although the units will be stored at the center.

The boy received a transfusion on Tuesday night after Shanghai Blood Center provided platelets. The blood center routinely calls for platelet donations due to a clinical shortage.

"Though my son has many other health problems and we are concerned about his survival, please tell everyone how fantastic they have been," Nedelcu wrote. "They have supported us and they have offered to give their blood and platelets."

Xia Lin, an official at Shanghai Children's Medical Center, said the boy's case highlights the city's need for platelets, which are usually used for leukemia and tumor patients.

The blood center collected 24,240 units of platelets last year, up 17.5 percent from 2011. Annual clinical demand is 40,000 units.


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