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Blood donors’ group offers gift of life
Published Date: September 16, 2010
A woman who lost consciousness while giving birth and who was in urgent need of blood inspired U Hla Htay to become a blood donor.

“She was in critical condition. Donating my blood seemed the right thing for me to do at the time,” said the 50-year-old secretary of a Buddhist-led blood donors’ group in Maubin.

This prompted U Hla Htay and others from the small town in the Irrawaddy Delta to form their blood donors’ association in 1989. It began with 50 people and now has 150.

Their last donation drive on Sept. 10 saw them provide Insein General Hospital in Yangon with 50 bottles of blood.

“We have small groups in different areas around Yangon and the Irrawaddy Delta. We donate blood to the hospital every month,” said group member U Nyein Myint, 48, who has made 68 blood donations.

“I’m happy to have saved the lives of people who are urgently in need of blood,” U Nyein said, adding, “I’ll continue to give blood until I reach 55.”

A doctor in charge of the blood bank at Insein General Hospital said more than 300 patients are in need of blood each month and the number of donors are in short supply.

Lin Sandar, 19, a first-year university student made her first donation during the recent blood drive.

She said she had always wanted to do it ever since she was a child and saw another child die because of the lack of a donor.

One mother said her child would not have survived an operation at a village clinic because it nearly always did not have blood supplies.

She said she heard about the blood donation that was taking place at Insein hospital and went there for help.

“Thanks to the blood donors’ group, my son is alive today. I really want to thank these donors and will always remember and pray for them,” she said.

Since it started, the blood donors’ group has held 489 blood drives and provided some 40,000 bottles of blood to several hospitals.

Source: ucanews.com

 
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The blood donation drive conducted on Sept. 10
 
 
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