Chinese woman who haemorrhaged after giving birth fights for life

Woman in critical condition as nationwide search underway for supplies of her rare blood type

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017, 2:14pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2017, 2:14pm

A woman from northern China who suffered a severe haemorrhage after giving birth is fighting for her life as efforts are made across the country to find supplies of her rare blood type, according to a news agency report.

The 38-year-old woman had a Cesarean section on Friday morning at a county hospital in Taiyuan, but was transferred to the critical care department at another hospital affiliated to the Shanxi Medical University after suffering the haemorrhage, the China News Service reported.

“She was in a critical condition with jaundice and edema,” Liu Hong, the department head, was quoted as saying.

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The woman was in urgent need of a blood transfusion, but the hospital’s blood bank did not have a match. the article said. She was later identified with a rare blood type. The central blood bank in Taiyuan was also unable to find a match.

It is not required to test for the antibody found in her blood type, making it difficult to find a suitable donor, the report said..

However, the city blood bank knew three potential donors and one gave a donation early on Saturday morning.

The second was on medication and not qualified to give blood while the third, a child from Yibin in Sichuan province, donated another 200ml of blood which was sent to the hospital on Monday morning.

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The woman is still in a critical condition and in need of at least 1,200ml of blood, the report said. Shanxi blood bank has asked for help from the national blood bank network and was sent supplies from Shenzhen, but the report did not say how much was given.