Soliciting blood donations

Posted: March 22, 2013 in Rosalie G. Mendoza

Dear readers in Metro Manila,

As I explained in my latest post, I have been inactive with this blog principally because of my wife’s health problems.  When I wrote that piece, we had confined at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and is currently in the Central Intensive Care Unit.

She will undergo a tracheostomy tomorrow and will need blood in the process.

 From Wikipedia: Among the oldest described surgical procedures, tracheotomy (also referred to as tracheostomy) consists of making an incision on the anterior aspect of the neck and opening a direct airway through an incision in the trachea. The resulting stoma can serve independently as an airway or as a site for a tracheostomy tube to be inserted; this tube allows a person to breathe without the use of his or her nose or mouth. Both surgical and percutaneous techniques are widely used in current surgical practice.

I am appealing for blood donations.  Blood type will not matter because the donated blood will simply replace what Rosalie will use from the PGH Blood Bank.

Here are the instructions for potential donors:  

Instructions and screening protocols for potential blood donors for Rosalie G. Mendoza: Bring valid ID and completed donor form (to be obtained from Room 603 where my children are); must be 16-60 years old; must weigh at least 50 kilos; with BP range 90/60 to 150/90; no infection; did not have blood transfusion for the past 6 months; no operation; no body piercing; no needle injection; and no illness for the past year. Please go to the PGH blood bank as early as 5am, Monday to Sunday. Only the first 80 people in line will be processed for screening.  

You would not want to be late because you will be turned away.  

We need two bags of blood and your prayers.

Thank you very much.


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