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Man from Bengaluru travels all way to Chennai to donate blood!

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They say in this Kaliyuga, there is no humanity left. However some people have proved otherwise. A 34-year-old finance professional Aditya Hegde helped a 21-year-old woman in a Chennai hospital give safe birth to a baby girl on Tuesday.

The woman from a village near Kallakurichi in Villupuram district, was admitted to Government Hospital for Women and Children in Egmore on Saturday for the delivery of her second child. Less than two years ago, when she was admitted there for a C-section, doctors noticed that she had a rare blood group — HH negative group or the Bombay group.

While blood groups like A, B, AB and O are popular, the HH is rare. And in this, her’s was RH-ve, which was more rarer than RH+ve. She was the first Bombay negative case that the hospital has seen in the past few years. They had counselled her to come at least 15 days ahead of her due date so that they can draw her own blood and preserve it for later use. However the woman did not pay heed to words of hospital. She got pregnant again, and she came just in time for her delivery.

The hospital tried through all sources for blood. And that’s when one of the hospital’s visitors volunteered to help. Srijit Narayanan, an employee of a popular English newspaper, sent messages to various groups and managed to connect with Hegde from Bengaluru by Sunday.

Hegde took a train to Chennai. After donating blood, he was back to work in his Bengaluru office by Tuesday afternoon. His effort was praised by one and all. He has donated blood at least 55 times. Usually, he donates and couriers it. He has also sent it to countries like Malaysia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But for this time, doctors said they would prefer to draw fresh blood, therefore he had to travel to Chennai.

The woman with her carelessness would have surely lost her life and would have also put life of her child in danger. Luckily Hegde came and saved her.

This blood phenotype was first discovered in Bombay, now known as Mumbai, in India, by Dr. Y. M. Bhende in 1952. Therefore the name Bombay blood group. The first person found to have the Bombay phenotype had an interesting blood type that reacted to other blood types in a way never seen before. The serum contained antibodies that reacted with all red blood cells’ normal ABO phenotypes. The red blood cells appeared to lack all of the ABO blood group antigens and to have an additional antigen that was previously unknown.

This very rare phenotype is generally present in about 0.0004% (about 4 per million) of the human population, though in some places such as Mumbai (formerly Bombay) locals can have occurrences in as much as 0.01% (1 in 10,000) of inhabitants. Given that this condition is very rare, any person with this blood group who needs an urgent blood transfusion will probably be unable to get it, as no blood bank would have any in stock.