Imagine a woman sweating profusely n struggling hard to push her new-born out, already worrying about the complication the doctor told she will have while delivering; Imagine a child growing pale day-by-day, running around the hospitals for badly in need of frequent blood transfusions, and one day returns home from hospital disappointed because of lack of blood.
Bleak chances of survival, isn’t it?
And now, imagine yourself chilling at home, watching Netflix, squirming with fear at the very idea of a small needle piercing through your skin.
What’s more frightening?
In India alone, about 10,000 people (roughly 10% of that of the world) each year are detected with the thalassemia, an iron-deficient disease, for which the patients have to undergo frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
Over 1 million patients across the country die before they turn 20 due to lack of access to treatment.
With more than 1200 road crashes occurring every day in India, 60 million trauma induced surgeries are performed in the country every year. The 230 million major operations, 331 million cancer-related procedures like chemotherapy and 10 million pregnancy complications all require blood transfusion. Besides this, patients being treated for sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and hemophilia require large quantities of blood daily.
Boasting of a huge population of 1.2 billion, of which the eligible Blood donor population is more than 512 million, India consistently faces a blood shortage of a scary figure of 3 million units every year. The deficit is alarming!!!
Hopefully, it also means that the shortage of blood supply can be covered within a day, but if only we CONTRIBUTE!!
Though a simple touch of a syringe may send shivers down your spine, the value is worth when compared to that joyous feeling of being able to save a life!!
Do you know what happens to the Blood after you Donate?
In fact, when you think of it, there are many Health benefits to you too when you undergo a Blood or Platelet Donation. Curious to know what they are.
Read on to find out:
1. Blood Reproduction: Your body can reproduce new blood cell within a shorter span of time, and helps to replenish the blood cells lost in donation.
This gives your body new cells, thus maintaining a healthy system.
2. Free Health Check-up: Pre-donation, all your hemoglobin levels, blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate are assessed at no cost to you.
If abnormalities found, you are made aware so that you can seek medical attention.
Furthermore, during lab tests, your blood is screened for infections such as syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C.
3. Burns Calories: Donating one pint of blood can burn up to 650 calories.
While this shouldn’t be considered a weight-loss solution, it is a nice bonus for doing a good deed!
Donation once in three months is advisable.
4. Decreased Risk of Cancer and Increased Longevity: Donating blood removes some of the iron from your system and lowers the risk of liver, lung, colon, and throat cancers.
Not only this, the mortality rate also reduces by almost 30%.
5. The Joy of Saving a Life: What good feeling can anything be than the one comes from saving a life?!!
Knowingly, or unknowingly, that saved life might be of someone whom you already know! #KhabarLive