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Senior needs rare blood type donors

SHANGHAI Zhongshan Hospital has called for people with AB Rh negative blood to come forward and donate it to help an 87-year-old retired teacher now recovering from major surgery.

Zhang Jingdai, who has spent 25 years devoting himself to charity work, had surgery to remove a large tumor from his abdomen and one kidney. The tumor and kidney were removed successfully, but Zhang now has anemia and requires a blood transfusion.

Those with AB negative blood who are willing to donate can contact doctors at the hospital's intensive care unit or e-mail to to reach Zhang's relatives.

AB negative blood is found only among 0.03 percent of Chinese but the blood type is more common among Caucasians.

"If you are suitable and willing to help, you don't need to donate the blood immediately. We only need to know you are willing to help. We are eager to find volunteers quickly in case my father's situation turns very critical," Zhang Chunyu, his son, said yesterday.

Zhang Chunyu said his father has regained consciousness since having surgery on Thursday but is still very weak because he has less blood than normal.

A hospital official, Chen Huifen, told Shanghai Daily the hospital had managed to get six units - each unit equals 200 milliliters - of AB negative blood from the city's central blood bank. Four units have already been used.

"Given the great shortage of such blood, we really welcome help from qualified donors," Chen said.

The patient's son said: "My father has devoted himself to helping others for 25 years and has never wanted any pay back. I hope someone can help him in his time of need."

Using his family and personal connections with foreign communities, the retired teacher has helped raise more than 5 million yuan (US$759,128) from expatriates since the 1980s.

Zhang Jingdai has volunteered with foreign experts working in Shanghai and the wives of some local consuls to help the sick, poor, orphans and seniors who live alone, among other charity initiatives. He has also been honored for his charity contributions by different local organizations over the years.

Zhang Jingdai taught French at two local middle schools and he also speaks fluent English.

He has long been keen on building bridges between expatriates and locals.


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