29th November 2018, Bangalore
Message by a Regular Voluntary Blood, Platelets and Bone Marrow Donor on the National Voluntary Blood Donor Day
Mr Chandrakanth Acharya is a voluntary blood donor and a donor motivator who is close to completing 100 donations with 32 single donor p
One would often wonder how Sankalp’s emergency team manages to handle a multitude of request of Bombay blood group day after day.
Just within June the organisation got 19 blood requests for Bombay group patients. These were requests for 34 units of blood with 26 requests indicating the need for immediate transfusion.
On 23 December 2016, an incredible feat was achieved when units of extremely rare Bombay Negative blood group were transported from India to Sri Lanka for a patient fighting cancer.
Recently, we had a situation where a pregnant woman who was close to delivery was detected with Bombay blood group. She was shifted to Bangalore because the local doctors were uncomfortable handling the situation. The lady had haemoglobin on 12 gm/dl and it was then that it was discovered that the patient had extremely low platelets as well.
On 10th January 2016 we had the 5th Bombay blood group donor meet - the get together of the every special people who have the Bombay blood group. The meeting provides a unique opportunity for people with this rare blood group to come together and deliberate upon issues related to the donation, requests and management of Bombay blood group.
It's always a challenge to make available adequate quantity of rare blood groups. Whenever there is request for Bombay blood group, our emergency team explores all alternatives to blood transfusion before proceeding to organise for blood donations.
Bloodbanks and donors in Bangalore
You get an emergency text message late in the night, seeking help in getting a specific blood
In a country of a billion, only a few hundred people have the Bombay blood group. Here is how they band together in times of need