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A foreign “Lei Feng” in UESTC responds to an urgent appeal

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A foreign “Lei Feng” in UESTC responds to an urgent appeal——donate blood for an expectant mother

   “Tang Li, bed No. 46, 5th floor in the West China Second University Hospital SU, is badly in need of 600ml Rh-negative trait, type B (a type of rare blood, nicknamed “panda blood”). For the mother and baby are being threatened acutely, now, an urgent appeal to the public is post here. SOS” On April 1st, when the overseas student David hit the news, he went directly to the hospital to donate his blood and meet the urgent need.


David (second one from the right) donated the rare blood to the pregnant woman.

   10pm, the night before, the Ph. D candidate from School of Economics and Management, Soka found this “appeal for help” on Weibo Moments. Then, he immediately forwarded it to the president of overseas student union——Wang zihan, who reposted it right away to the overseas students group of School of International Education when he received. Quickly, the news aroused great attention and care.

   Among the group with over 500 overseas students are those from different countries, sharing a common belief——donate their blood voluntarily. Many overseas students called Zhu Yongqun, the assistant of overseas student office and a student of School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the class of 2015, to ask specific steps for blood donation. At that night, Zhu made a call to the hospital to verify the truth.

   Truth verified: the patient, Tang Li, has been pregnant for 32 weeks. For her complicated conditions, an operation is in dire need going along with preventing possible hemorrhage. However, much Rh-negative trait, type B blood is needed in the operation. Attending doctors Wang Xiaodong and Yu Haiyan are trying everything to prepare the blood. To our disappointment, the blood storage is in red. Moreover, at present, only 7 blood-suited persons could be found in Chengdu, so the operation has to be put off.

   But overseas students all live in Qingshuihe campus, far from downtown, so it is inconvenient to organize a blood donation that night. Thereupon, Zhu reflected it to the School of International Education and received tremendous support. The school took the first step—screened out students with type B blood. In the early morning of April 1st, these overseas students called taxies and rushed to Chengdu Blood Center.

   Later, the blood test found David, from Ghana and a postgraduate student from School of Communication and Information Engineering, matched the patient in blood type. For David, it was the first voluntary blood donation in China. He insisted to donate 400ml of his blood. While according to his physical reality, the doctor recommended him 200ml. Finally, he had to follow the doctor’s advice.



David in blood donation

   After back to UESTC, when he heard that usually nothing will happen to a man who has donated 400ml blood, David sighed regretfully. “I could have donated more, if I insisted firmly.” He said, “Well, if the woman is still in need another day, one more donation is in my willingness.”

   Although Soka, Wang zihan and other accompanied students are in type B blood, they are not in Rh-negative trait. Hence, they failed to donate the blood and felt rather depressed. Soka comes from Ethiopia, the northeast of Africa; Wang zihan comes from Ghana, the west of Africa. In their own countries, they will donate blood twice or three times annually. Soka has donated blood for many times. Once, one of his friends was injured, he donated 500ml blood for him. Now, twice blood donation experiences are memorized during his days in China. He said in his country, the hospitals and churches would encourage citizens to donate blood voluntarily. Then, Wang added: “We volunteer to do such things. Cause nothing is more important than saving a life.”


A photo of the three overseas students

   Rh-negative trait, type B is a rather rare blood type (nicknamed “panda blood”). David said: “it was delightful to donate my ‘panda blood’ to the citizen from ‘home to panda’. I believe if I was caught in the same emergency, lots of unfamiliar Chinese will stand out and give me a hand.”


Translator: Xie Ying

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