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Blood donors come through to save lives

Blood donors come through to save lives

As many as 81 people will benefit from blood donated by JPS team members at the first blood drive of 2018, which was Friday on the main campus.

Twenty-seven donors provided blood to be processed into its components — red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets. “In addition,” reported Carter BloodCare’s Judy Smith, “we collected two units of O-negative, 10 units of O-positive and one unit of AB-positive blood. That was an unexpected blessing.”

People with blood type O-negative are relatively rare and are considered universal donors because O-negative blood can be given to people with other blood types.

People with blood type AB-positive, also rare, are universal plasma donors. Only one in every 29 people is AB-positive, according to Carter.