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Urgent Call for Type AB Blood in Bali

A Half-Hour at Baliís Blood Bank This Holiday Could Save Someoneís Life.

(5/3/2008) For nearly one week, the Bali blood bank operated by the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has been suffering a severe shortage of type AB blood.

According to Radar Bali, the shortage of type AB blood has become so acute that 30-year-old Wayan Rempon, currently hospitalized at Baliís Sanglah General Hospital, is being denied additional blood needed to treat an internal bleeding condition.

The Chief of the PMI Transfusion Unit, Professor Sudewa Djelantik, said that replacement blood is needed for the 14 units of AB blood used to date in treating Wayan Rempon.

The current shortage of type AB blood is made worse by the fact that none of the mobile donation units owned by the PMI in Bali is currently road worthy.

Those wishing to donate blood, particularly type AB negative blood, are urged to visit the Blood Donation Center at Baliís Sanglah General Hospital or telephone ++62-(0)361-227224.