My first blood donation was done at the University’s Red Cross Blood Donation Drive. As a donor, I have always wondered who would be the recipient of my blood unit. Regardless of who he or she is, I felt great knowing that my blood would save someone.
On my first admission into SGH, my haemoglobin and platelet counts were 5.10 g/dl (normal range is 14 – 18 g/dl) and 30.0 x 10^9/L (normal range is 140 – 440 x 10^9/L) respectively. The presence of blast cells had caused a large dip to my haemoglobin and platelet level. Thanks to blood donors, I was able to top up my red blood cells and platelets on days that they were low. So I switched side from a donor to a recipient, and from feeling great to being grateful to the kind donors.
Staying in the haematology ward was an eye opener to me. Patients with different blood disorders, at some point of time, require blood and platelet that match their blood group. Hidden from the public eyes, here’s a busy place where blood units are in high demand and transfusions are going on 24 hours round the clock. All these would not be possible without the help of donors and the blood bank.
Although researchers are currently working on producing synthetic blood from stem cells, the first clinical trial on human is only expected within the next five years. Blood donors are still very much required! I sincerely hope all my healthy friends will consider donating their blood to help others. Become a blood donor champion today and influence more friends to join you. You can find out more about blood donation through the Singapore Health Science Authority (Blood Bank) website here.
P.S. Chemotherapy is wiping out my blood cells slowly. I’m going to receive some platelets today and most likely a unit of blood tomorrow. Thank you, donor!