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szdaily -> Shenzhen
Organ donation coordinator sets record for blood donations
    2018-February-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Zhang Yang

nicolezyyy@163.com

SITTING in the Shenzhen Blood Center, Gao Min made a blood donation yesterday morning like many other blood donors in Shenzhen. But what distinguishes her from the others is that she has donated blood 300 times, setting a new record of blood donations made by an individual donor in Shenzhen.

As a volunteer and organ donation coordinator at the Shenzhen Red Cross, Gao made her first blood donation in 1997. Ever since then, she has been donating blood regularly. As of yesterday, she had donated 162,000 milliliters of blood in total.

“I feel happy being a blood donor because my blood might be able to save other people’s lives,” the 50-year-old said. “I’ve seen lots of life-and-death moments as an organ donation coordinator, which is why I understand that life is so vulnerable and valuable.”

Gao’s 24-year-old son, Gao Mingzhi, also made a blood donation along with her yesterday. He has donated blood over 100 times since he was 18 years old. “My son made the decision himself to become a blood donor on his 18th birthday. Maybe he was influenced by our family as many of our family members are blood donors,” she said.

When talking about her expectations for her son, Gao said she didn’t set ambitious goals for him. “I just hope that he can be a good person and help others, which will be enough to repay me for bringing him to this world as his mother,” Gao said.

Many Shenzhen residents might be familiar with Gao: she was the first organ donation coordinator in China. When working as a volunteer at the Shenzhen Red Cross in 2005, Gao received a call from a crying woman who wanted to donate her daughter’s organs after her daughter died in a car accident.

Gao helped the woman fulfill her wish and the woman’s daughter, Jin Shen, became the first organ donor in China. There wasn’t a job title for organ donation coordinators back then, so Gao was the one who named the job.

Gao said the biggest challenge for her working as an organ donation coordinator is handling people’s misunderstandings about organ donation and the fact that some people find it unacceptable when their family members want to donate their organs or corpses.

But she said the situation is getting better year by year as many people in Shenzhen are taking a more open-minded attitude towards organ and body donation.

Although Gao has a busy schedule every day as a coordinator, she still keeps donating blood once every two weeks. When she was donating blood yesterday, she also asked the nurse to help her make a reservation for a blood donation for Feb. 26.

According to Lan Yuxiao, spokesperson of the city’s blood center, over 900,000 people have donated blood in Shenzhen since 1993 and the supply of blood from voluntary donors has been able to meet the demand of blood for clinical use in the city since 1998.

“About 150,000 people donate blood in Shenzhen each year, and around 45 to 50 percent of them are first-time blood donors,” Lan said. “Blood donation has been regarded as a part of a healthy lifestyle by many blood donors in Shenzhen.”

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