Blood sup­ply is suf­fi­cient: foun­da­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Tai­wan Blood Ser­vices Foun­da­tion urged the public Mon­day to hold off on do­nat­ing blood for the mo­ment as an out pour­ing of good will to­ward hun­dreds of vic­tims of a wa­ter park ex­plo­sion re­sulted in a sur­plus of do­nated blood.

Foun­da­tion of­fi­cial Li Lei asked peo­ple to de­lay do­nat­ing blood by one to two weeks be­cause there was ex­cess in­ven­tory as of noon Mon­day, wor­ried that any more do­nated blood might be wasted be­cause packed red blood cells have a shelf life of only one month.

In North­ern Tai­wan, where most of the more than 500 peo­ple in­jured in the fiery blasts have been treated, there was 45 days of in­ven­tory that was fur­ther ex­panded by a surge in vol­un­teer donors, Li said.

Hun­dreds were hurt when col­ored corn­starch pow­der sud­denly burst into flames dur­ing a “Color My Party” event at Formosa Fun Coast Wa­ter Park in New Taipei on Satur­day night, trap­ping peo­ple stand­ing in front of a con­cert stage.

One of the hun­dreds in­jured has since died from se­vere burns and more than 200 oth­ers who suf­fered burns dur­ing the blast were still be­ing treated in in­ten­sive care wards at mul­ti­ple hos­pi­tals as of Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, a for­mer physi­cian, also called on the public to do­nate blood in phases to avoid adding to an al­ready suf­fi­cient blood in­ven­tory and en­sure a sta­ble sup­ply of blood in the fu­ture.

In a Face­book post, Ko said he was quite moved when he saw a long line in front of City Hall wait­ing to give blood. “This is the most beau­ti­ful face of Tai­wan’s peo­ple. I thank you for your good will.”

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