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Apr 11, 2018

Red Cross Rallies Blood Donation Drive

Ashley Ott

Blood is a gift everyone can accept, and most can freely give – fear of sharp needles aside. It’s also a very important aspect of work at our nation’s hospitals, where a lack of it can place patients in danger. Today, volunteers for the Belize Red Cross were out encouraging passers-by on Princess Margaret Drive to stop in and make a timely donation to the national blood bank. The Belize Red Cross also maintains its own blood supply and volunteer and nurse Ashley Ott, originally from Seattle, Washington, shared with us a recent incident that drives home the importance of donation.

 

Nurse Ashley Ott, Volunteer, Belize Red Cross

“All the way down in Silk Grass, there was a mom that had twins, she was told by Southern Regional Hospital that she needed a pint of blood before her C-section. Nobody would donate close to her, so she contacted me in the States, and then I contacted the Red Cross here in Belize, and we were able to track down a pint of blood for her [from] San Pedro and it was released [to] Southern Regional, and so when those babies were born they would be safe and we had a pint of blood ready for her. So it really does benefit others when you give blood.”

 

The Red Cross holds four drives for the year, one every three months. That’s approximately the amount of time it takes to regenerate a pint of blood in the human circulatory system. June fourteenth is World Blood Donor Day.

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