Blood Donation

Blood donors told they have rare bug

Regular donor Mr Chiu (left) was 'very shocked' when Red Cross doctor Lee Cheuk-kwong gave him the news. Photo: Felix Wong

Nine blood donors have received unwelcome news after giving blood to the Red Cross: they carry a rare bug that puts them at risk of colorectal cancer.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 5:45am 2 comments

Donors flock to centres after marrow appeal

Donation centres received seven times more non-Asian bone-marrow donors in the last week than they usually get in a year after the international community turned out en masse to help a French man with leukaemia find a suitable match.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


A young French father of two, who has been a Hong Kong resident for 20 years, has acute leukaemia and urgently requires a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, none of his family members is a match.

A 31-year-old woman in Singapore, whose condition has reached a critical state, is also seeking a bone marrow donor. Her siblings are not matches.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Give the gift of life with blood donation

While needing a blood transfusion is not a matter of choice, becoming a blood donor is.

Many people donate blood regularly to help others and this is a crucial service to those struggling with illness.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Asian Games would be a vanity project

The possibility of Hong Kong hosting the Asian Games has stirred controversy. Although much of the public seems to oppose the idea, the government seems intent on hosting the games.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am


Why the retirement age should increase

Fewer babies are born in Hong Kong and people live longer thanks to advances in health care. Because of that soon we will be facing an economic problem. Hong Kong's workforce is set to drop in future, but the number of elderly people requiring government aid and medical services will grow.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm


Physical punishment creates vicious cycle

These days, many parents only have one child. This means they have high expectations of that child. If the child can't meet those expectations, parents may lose their temper and hit them.

But I don't think corporal punishment is an effective way to make children improve.

16 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Blood - Part 1


Blood (bluh-d) is a mixture of cells and plasma (plaz-muh). Plasma is a clear liquid that cells float in. It contains nutrients (such as sugar), hormones and waste products that need to be flushed out of the body. Plasma also carries platelets which help blood clot. Without blood platelets, you would bleed to death.

Word Study

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Saving your child's cord blood 'may be a waste of time'

The rising number of parents saving the blood from their baby's umbilical cord in the hope it can be used to treat certain diseases the child may contract later in life may be wasting their time and money, health experts say.

25 Jul 2006 - 12:00am


Q Should the bun festival be extended to run all year?

I read with interest Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping's proposal to make the Cheung Chau Bun Festival a year-round event to attract tourists.

11 May 2005 - 12:00am

No logic behind refusal of blood

I have been donating blood regularly for more than five years in Hong Kong. I recently arrived late at the donor centre in Sha Tin and was asked to return just before Lunar New Year as they are always short of blood over the holidays. I returned as requested and filled in the usual forms and answered all questions.

15 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Angered by donor snub

I am an Indian who has been working with Hongkong Telecom for two years and have been in Hong Kong since 1992.

The Red Cross organises blood donation drives in our office premises (Telecom Tower).

I have donated blood before (in July of last year), but the following incident really angered me and a lot of Telecom staff.

2 Aug 1996 - 12:00am