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Letter: Some would-be blood donors don’t qualify


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From: Dr. Dan D. Waxman

Chief medical officer, Indiana Blood Center

Indianapolis

Columbus Regional Hospital and 60-plus other hospitals in Indiana rely on Indiana Blood Center to recruit, collect, test, process, label and distribute donated blood from healthy Hoosiers to patients in need at Indiana hospitals. Such is our nonprofit mission, to provide transfusion-ready blood components.

Alongside an article on July 3 about our work with Columbus Regional Hospital, The Republic also ran a piece through the voice of a hemachromatosis patient on the therapeutic phlebotomy program we ended due to budget constraints a year ago.

The patient’s claim that “what I’ve got you can’t get because it’s a hereditary thing” is correct. What the article is missing is the explanation why the blood is not used.

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