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Donated blood saves lives of transplant patients

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

This October during National Liver Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages people across the country to focus on liver health. Recently, two patients at a hospital served by the Red Cross Mid-America Blood Services Division underwent liver transplants and received more than 130 units of red blood cells.

Liver transplant patients often require large amounts of blood transfusions during surgery. Thanks to our dedicated blood donors, the Ref Cross was able to meet the needs of these two patients and countless others.

Liver transplants are the second most common transplant, following kidney transplants. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, 6341 people in the US received a liver transplant in 2011.

There are a variety of ways to help protect your liver from disease. The American Liver Foundation offers these guidelines: Eat a healthy diet low in fatty foods, limit alcohol intake, manage medications appropriately and limit contact with toxins. More information is available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

•Mabel Community Blood Drive at the Mabel Legion on Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 2-7 pm

How to donate:

Simply call Bev Williams at 507 493-5284 or 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make and appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and others 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills’ ministers international humanitarian aid’ and supports military members and their families. The red Cross is not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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