Shanghai residents have come together to donate blood to save a West African woman with a rare blood type.
The woman – from the West African country of Liberia – had come to Shanghai to have a life-threatening brain tumour operated on at Pudong hospital. However, the operation was postponed when it was discovered that the womans blood type was very rare; type A-negative. Doctors at the hospital asked a local ‘panda blood’ group to find suitable blood and four shanghai residents came forward with matching blood types.
Type A-negative blood is very rare amongst East Asians and The Global Times reports that it normally takes several days for doctors to gather enough blood before an operation. However, special groups of volunteers – called ‘panda blood’ groups – are sometimes called upon by hospitals to gather blood for a medical emergency.
On this occasion the response was swift and the operation for the patient – who the hospital called ‘Clara’ – is soon to be rescheduled.