Killed in ‘old’ blood...


Express April 12, 2010

GUJRANWALA: A master’s student died after she was administered expired blood. Mughalpura resident, Ansa Jabeen, a student of MA mathematics was admitted to a private hospital by her brother Mohsin for the treatment of hepatitis and typhoid.

The private hospital doctors advised for an immediate blood transfusion. Patient Ansa Jabeen’s family brought a B-negative blood bag from the Punjab blood bank in Gujranwala chowk.

Doctors administered the blood and discharged the patient soon after. At 2.30am Ansa Jabeen’s condition worsened and she was rushed to a local hospital but died in the car as her blood pressure was too low.

According to the doctor who examined the body, the blood that was administered to the patient was expired and she died of a reaction to the congealing blood.

“The haemoglobin level was only six percent,” the doctor on call said. Punjab blood bank administrator Khalilur Rehman said that the blood was perfectly usable and if it were expired, Ansa should have experienced a reaction soon after it was administered rather than after five hours. “If the blood was expired why didn’t the doctors cross match it? This is their responsibility,” he said. The deceased was laid to rest after her father Muhammad Anwar Joeya reached the country from abroad.

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