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How could such a simple act be heroic? Why is donating blood a heroic feat?

There is currently no substitute for human blood. Despite more than 70 years of research, scientists have been unable to develop an ideal blood substitute. Its roles are simply too complex to be emulated with the technology of our time.

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Hero’s aren’t personalities who happen to be larger than life. They’re everyday people; who just choose to be, larger than the problem.

So, who can donate?

Anybody who is in good health can donate. The blood service usually inquires about your medical history including medication and current health and lifestyle before drawing any blood.

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The whole procedure should last only about 20 minutes in total. From questionnaire to blood grouping and collection.

Would it Hurt?

Not at all. The only thing you feel is two pinpricks. One for the blood grouping test and the other for the actual collection. It’s similar to a quick pinch on the arm. I use the time I get during the donation to sit and meditate and reflect on the last three months. It’s that peaceful. The whole procedure should last only about 20 minutes in total. From questionnaire to grouping and collection. For more information refer to WHO page on blood donation.

How many Heroes do we need?

India has the world’s largest shortage of blood. This was made painstakingly evident during the first and second waves of COVID. With demand outstripping supply by over 400%. All states together are battling a huge shortfall of 41 million units of blood. Why does our country require so much blood? Because India relies heavily on transfusions due to a higher prevalence of blood-borne diseases and complications during pregnancy.

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Are there any side effects?

Yes, a warm fuzzy feeling that you did something selflessly nice followed by an understanding of how truly awesome you are which feeds into your God-complex once it dawns on you that you have given the greatest gift, the gift of life to three people. And you could choose to do it again.

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I use Medium as a sounding board for the various ideas and observations I come across. And to occasionally vent about my long list of pending DIY projects.

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