More than 100 Good Samaritans rushed to donate blood to save a new mother’ life in Jinan, Shandong province on Wednesday as blood centers faced a shortage of her type.
The 29-year-old mother suffered amniotic fluid embolism while delivering the baby, resulting in severe postpartum bleeding. The blood bank at the time did not have a sufficient supply of AB type blood, with only 28,000ml available.
A message calling on the help of local residents spread on WeChat, China’s popular online messaging app, and was soon after picked up by local media, CRI reports.
After hearing the news, more than 100 people voluntarily lined up at the city’s blood donation vehicles to give blood.
Liu Shaohui, deputy director at the blood bank, said that the mother had been in stable condition by 9:00 that evening and the hospital’s blood supply was replenished.
In 2012 it was reported that only 84 out of every 10,000 people in China were donating blood, despite the country’s 1998 Blood Donation Law promoting the practice. This is due in part to beliefs linked to Traditional Chinese Medicine that donating blood can drain one’s energy or have adverse effects on a man’s fertility.
A massive blood transfusion scandal in the 1990s that led to around 300,000 people being infected with HIV also raised concerns over transmissible infections, one of the biggest factors discouraging people to donate.
According to the Red Cross, a person can donate blood every 56 days without causing harm to the body.
Earlier this year, a man in Changchun, Jilin landed in the headlines for making 147 blood donations within 10 years to help his wife, who suffered from amnesia and myasthenia.