Blood Shortage Jeopardizes Transplants, Other Surgeries


According to an April 1, 2008 story in the Florida Times Union, (http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-nline/stories/040108/met_263705027.shtmlC. Daniel Smith, chairman of surgery at Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic, said cardiac surgeries have been put off in the last few days because doctors weren’t satisfied with the amount of blood available.

The clinic has not had to decline organs for transplant yet but will probably have to do so if the blood shortage continues, Smith said.

In 2007, Mayo had to reject about 10 organs for transplant because it didn’t have enough blood at the time those organs became available, Smith said.

It isn’t only organ transplants that are affected, it is all surgeries and the shortage is not limited to Jacksonville, it is nationwide, it is serious and it could affect you or someone you love. 

Call your local chapter of the American Red Cross and give blood today.  For more information click on: http://www.givelife2.org/aboutblood/faq.asp

PEACE

Donate organs, donate blood.  Now!

 

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About Bob Aronson

Bob Aronson is a former journalist, a Minnesota Governor's Press Secretary and talk show host. For nearly a quarter of a century, he led the Aronson Partnership, a Minnesota-based communications consultancy that prepared corporate and government executives for crisis situations, regulatory testimony, media interviews and Presentations. Among his clients were all three U.S. Mayo Clinic locations, 3M, general Mills, CH2M Hill, the U.S. Department of Energy and scores more. In 2007 bob had a heart transplant after suffering from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy for 12 years. Shortly after he got his new heart he founded the now 4,300 member Facebook support group, Organ Transplant Initiative. At the same time, he established the Bob's Newheart blog where he has posted nearly 300 columns on organ donation, transplantation and other health related issues. The Viewpoint blog was started in late 2016 and bears the name of the Radio Talk show Bob did from 1966 until 1974, when he resigned to become Minnesota Governor Rudy Perpich first Press secretary. Bob and his artist wife Robin, live in Jacksonville, Florida with their two dogs, Reilly and Ziggy. Bob is also a woodworker and makes all of the furnishings for Robin's art festival booth. He also makes one of a kind jewelry or "memories" boxes that he donates to select transplant patients, caregivers, donor families and others who have somehow contributed to making life easier for the ill, the elderly and the less fortunate. Bob is in the final stages of editing two full-length novels that will be available on Kindle when ready for release sometime in early 2017. One is a sci fi novel about an amazing discovery near Roswell, New Mexico and you will be surprised to find it has nothing to do with the Roswell story everyone knows. It features a woman scientist who investigates impact craters for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Dr. Rita Sylvester and her female student intern. The other book is a political thriller that introduces a new hero to the genre, Fargo Dennison.

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