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Catholics give blood to save patients

Religious, students and lay people in Hue donate and save lives

Catholics give blood to save patients
A baby being given blood at a local hospital

March 1, 2011

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Catholics in central Vietnam are saving people’s lives by offering emergency blood donations when state-run hospitals run out of supplies. Around 1,000 Religious, college students and lay people in Hue archdiocese have volunteered to give their blood to patients when an emergency call comes. They are certified as having good blood by local hospitals and are ready to give their blood to anyone at any time, according to Redemptorist Father John Baptist Nguyen Thanh Hung. The priest, 44, who gives pastoral activities to patients at local hospitals, recalled a case when a woman with HIV started giving birth to a baby on the way to a hospital and fell unconscious as a result of blood loss. “Five brothers and I rushed to give her our blood at 2 am,” he said. He and other local Redemptorists have donated 30 liters of blood and saved over 400 patients in the past 10 years, Father Hung said. Their efforts are greatly appreciated. “We owe a debt of gratitude to three local Catholics who donated their blood to save my husband,” said Mai Thi Bau. Bau, 34, from Ha Tinh province, said her husband was badly injured in a motorbike accident while he crossed a road on February 8. He was bleeding heavily on arrival at a state-run hospital in Hue city, she said. “My husband needed 500 milliliters of blood but then the hospital lacked blood because there were many accidents that day,” she said.. His life was saved when a Catholic physician called three local Redemptorists who donated their blood to her husband, she said. VT13467.1643
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