It is no secret that there are several misconceptions towards blood donation among Malaysians. Perhaps, the biggest myth of all, is that blood donation makes one susceptible to contract diseases and sickness. In truth, it is painless and a largely risk-free process. With a simple donation of a pint of blood, you can impact the life of another human being. The transformation of an ordinary human being to life-saving hero can be achieved through a simple procedure of donating your blood. If you want to lend a hand, lend an arm – and that’s what these three Malaysians did. Here are their inspiring stories.
Ahmad Ramdhan, who’s an O-type blood donor penned his first experience in his blog, armsrenee.blogspot.com. Ramdhan’s story started when there was a blood donation programme organised by Selangor state Education Department.
Thrilled to go through the donation process as it was a new experience for him, he admitted having mild dizziness, nausea and cold sweats after the needle was removed from his arm. "Didn’t think of all the people who came to donate, I would be the one who had a problem donating," Ramdhan said. Although, he’s certain that it was due to lack of sleep.
He was left to rest for a while with a glucose drink in his hand, before getting back on his feet again. He felt completely normal after. "Although what had happened was frightening, when I remembered those in need, it motivated me to donate," he added. With a total of 252,000 page views, he shared the many advantages of blood donation on his blog, inspiring his readers to donate.
Another tell-tale of a first time donor, Wong HC, chose to share about his experience on his Facebook page. Wong came to a blood donation drive organised by a pub in the neighbourhood of Damansara. As a first-time donor, he didn’t know what to expect and was afraid that he might faint (or even scream, he joked) after donating, but the fear went away after seeing countless good Samaritans attend the blood drive (psst, including beautiful kind-hearted ladies).
The poster of the blood drive organized by the pub
There was something about the blood drive’s poster that actually tickled his curiosity and brought him to the event. He went through three registration officers to get his blood and health status tested. He succeeded donating blood without fainting or having to scream, and even came home with a goodie bag consisting of food, a drink and medication.
Donors at the pub, waiting in line to donate blood
At the end of his post, Wong reinforced the importance of donating blood, and urged his readers to picture their loved ones when thinking of those in need of blood donation to stay alive. All blood donors have their own reason and every donor reason is unique. If you have yet to donate your blood, know that there is a great need for it.
S Tatchana, 28, has a rather unique story compared to other donors. Although she has only donated blood twice in her lifetime, her blood is classified as special – Indian B blood group type, one of the rarest blood types in this country.
So far, there are only two people detected having this blood type in Malaysia, the other one is a Malay woman living in Kuala Lumpur.
The mother of two, currently living in Ipoh, said that she learnt about the matter only when she was undergoing treatment for her first childbirth at the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun (HRPB), Ipoh last year.
"I was shocked when my doctor told me that I had an extraordinary blood type. They even asked for my permission to take a blood sample to study it further. She also informed me that my blood is very rare in this country," she said.
The medical officer who was handling Tatchana’s case, Dr Gayathri said, "We had difficulty identifying Tatchana’s blood type and had to send her blood overseas. As it turned out, it is Indian B." On the doctor’s advice, S Tatchana donated blood for the first time to help others and for research purposes.
A simple donation of one pint can change the lives of so many. Surely that’s not asking for much? Let’s rally up, roll up your sleeves, and do something heroic.
Armsrenee Blogspot (www.armsrenee.blogspot.com)
A pint for a pint - Blood Donation Drive by Wong Hc (Wong Hc Facebook page)
Perak News (peraknews.com)
Harian Blogger.Com (harianblogger.com)