United Arab Emirates: Blood donation helps critically ill woman give birth safely in Abu Dhabi – News


She had been diagnosed with a form of thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder that causes a shortage of hemoglobin in the body.

A pregnant patient diagnosed with a rare form of thalassemia gave birth safely in Abu Dhabi – thanks to blood donors and the medical team who found units compatible with her rare profile.

KAB was diagnosed with a form of thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder that causes a shortage of hemoglobin in the body. After weight loss surgery, she was discovered to be suffering from iron deficiency, worsening her condition and requiring 4 to 5 blood transfusions per year for 10 years.


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With an extremely rare type of antibody in her body caused by her condition, it has become increasingly difficult for her to find suitable blood, even from her siblings.

However, the medical team at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) Abu Dhabi – including Dr Shahrukh Hashmi, Director of the Department of Hematology and Oncology; Dr Hiba AlHumaidan, consultant pathologist and responsible for transfusion medicine; and Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Services (ADBBS) – tested hundreds of units from hundreds of donors to identify two units compatible with its rare profile.

This was done to prepare for any emergency that might arise during childbirth, whether for her or the unborn baby.

Doctors were also ready to use the cell retrieval machine – a unique solution that involves collecting, filtering, washing and recirculating the patient’s blood.

Fortunately, KAB gave birth safely and expressed his deep gratitude to the blood donors and the medical team.

“Thanks to the diligence of the staff at ADBBS and SSMC, and their quick wit in finding a solution for me before my delivery, I was able to deliver safely. I am very grateful to those with my rare blood type who donated. I wouldn’t be here today without them, ”KAB said at an event organized by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) in collaboration with ADBBS and SSMC to honor regular donors and companies for encouraging their staff to to make donations.


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“I warmly encourage others to donate regularly and help save lives,” KAB added.

Dr Naser Ammash, CEO of SSMC, emphasized: “As part of our commitment to meet the needs of our patients at all times, we work closely with our colleagues at Seha and ADBBS to ensure the needs of our patients. in blood and in blood. the components are perfectly respected.

Ashwani Kumar

I am a journalist from the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A journalist at heart. I get my stories from the streets. A South Indian born in the heart of Hindi, I easily connect with people of different nationalities and cultures. I am calm as a monk, a sensitive reporter and very patient. In the field, I cover a range of topics related to community, health, embassy, ​​tourism, transportation, business and sports. I’m going to go out on one leg to do what’s right and stay true to what I believe in.

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