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Rare blood donated for surgery

A 30-YEAR-OLD Liberian patient completed a five-hour brain surgery at a local hospital yesterday after volunteers turned up to donate the rare RH negative blood.

The donors are all rare blood club member, some of whom came from other provinces to donate after an appeal was made through the media.

The patient, identified as Clara, suffered from meningioma and her surgery was scheduled for Monday. But doctors couldn’t proceed with the surgery after they found she has a rare type A RH negative blood. They only went ahead with the surgery securing enough blood for the operation.

“For such brain tumor surgery, at least 1,200 milliliters of blood has to be made available,” said Sheng Kemei, a hospital official.

The hospital contacted the local blood center and made an appeal through the media last week.

By Monday, five volunteers had donated 1,200 milliliters of RH negative blood for the patient.



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