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Man refuses to donate blood to save life

Man refuses to donate blood to save life

A woman in Taoyuan County might die soon because a man who has the same rare blood type as she does refused to donate his blood, local newspapers reported yesterday.
According to China Times, a man surnamed Lu told the hospital and the woman's husband that if they really needed his blood, "then show me the money."
It was reported that Lu used his mother as an excuse and said she prohibits him from donating blood because it could lead to potential health risks in the future.
"It's my blood and I will do whatever I please with it," a newspaper quoted Lu saying to a reporter when confronted about his decision to reject the hospital's urgent appeal.
Chang Shu-wen, a 36-year-old Taoyuan native was involved in a car accident last year and recently began to experience prolonged severe pain in her lower spine. Doctors said Chang's red blood cells contain the JK3 antigens, an extremely rare antigen found in the human body.
After going through all of Taiwan's blood donation registries and blood banks for two weeks, it was discovered that only eight other people on the island have the same blood type. The hospital made immediate contacts with the eight individuals and has so far gathered five bags of blood.
Hsinchu Blood Bank representative Wang Chung-yu (王鍾渝) said the two people in Taipei County and one person they located in Kaohsiung City did not hesitate to donate their blood.
However, doctors believe in order to have a sufficient supply of blood prepared the upcoming surgery, the hospital should have at least six bags of blood or an additional 125 cubic centimeters, in stock, the report said.
Chang said, "I donated blood often and I had my blood checked several times during my pregnancy but nobody informed me about the rarity of my blood type."


Updated : 2021-07-25 14:59 GMT+08:00