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RE: [IP] Re; blood donation
On Wed, 12 Sep 2001 14:53:06 -0400 James Handsfield wrote:
>I am a cytomegalovirus (CMV) free donor, which means my blood gets special
>because it can be given to infants. Most adults are CMV carriers.
Wow!! Is all I can say!! My son was a preemie - he was 5-1/2 weeks early and
his lungs weren't developed. The doctors told me that he may need a blood
transfusion because of all the ABGs they were drawing to keep an eye on his
lungs. He is O- (of course - the most unusual type out there!) I've worked
in the medical field long enough to know that blood transfusions are perfectly
safe - but for my peace of mind - I wanted to know the donor!! My mom's boss
was O- and as soon as she heard that Billy was going to need blood and was
also O-, she took off work and went and donated.
I asked at the hospital the next day if it would work, because if it wouldn't
- my husband was going to donate. They said they had nothing saying it
wouldn't so they assumed it was fine. (I know - assume - big mistake!!) I
went in the next day to see him and he had a blood transfusion going. When I
asked if it was the direct donated stuff they said "No, it wouldn't work
because it was CMV positive" At first, I was p*ssed off - because nobody had
even called me to let me know he was definitely getting a transfusion - OR
that the direct donated blood wouldn't work!! But, after I calmed down
enough, I realized that all blood from the blood banks is completely safe.
Sorry for all my rambling!!
Anyway, I am so glad for people like you James!!!
Deb in Southern Illinois
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