|Teacher Nguyễn Quý Hùng (left) and Government officer Nguyễn Văn Quân (right) receive the merits for donating their rare blood to save a stranger. - Photo thanhnien.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ TĨNH — Two men from the central province of Quảng Bình have been praised by the health ministry for travelling more than 200km at night to donate their rare blood to save a dying patient.
The 38-year-old Nguyễn Quý Hùng, a secondary teacher of the Cao Quảng School in Tuyên Hóa District, and 33-year-old Nguyễn Văn Quân, an officer of Lệ Thủy District People’s Committee, on Monday were granted the merit certificate signed by the Minister of Health Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến at Hà Tĩnh Province General Hospital.
During the night of March 3, the hospital received a 70-year-old patient Hồ Thị Thi whose stomach was bleeding severely. Thi needed an immediate blood transfusion, the doctors said, or her life would have been at risk.
Blood tests determined that Thi had A - RhD negative blood, which is very rare in Việt Nam as only 0.08 per cent of the population belong to the blood type.
There was only one person in Hà Tĩnh recorded to have the blood type, who at the time was abroad.
The hospital urgently contacted the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion – the biggest blood storage facility in the country, yet there was no blood type A-RhD negative available.
It was not until doctors asked for help from the Club of Rare Blood Types in central region, who managed to find five people with the same blood type to Thi’s, among whom were Hưng and Quân.
The two rushed to catch a coach from Quảng Bình to Hà Tĩnh, travelling more than 200km upon hearing of Thi’s emergency. They arrived at the hospital in time to donate two units of blood to the old woman and saved her life. — VNS