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September 16, 2003

Albany-- If all those kids had needed life-saving blood, there would not have been enough to go around.

Phoebe Putney Hospital called the Red Cross for blood, telling workers to expect a disaster. Red Cross workers were told there could be serious injuries. Thankfully, there were none. But, with only 18 O-positive and 10 O-negative units on hand, there would have been a critical blood shortage.

Red Cross worker Jill Lavassaur says, "Yes, it could have been a real disaster, which just don't have enough down here. There are just not enough blood donors right now.

The Atlanta Red Cross was notified immediately, and within twenty minutes, had blood units en route to Albany by car. If blood was needed, units would have been pulled from near-by hospitals.

Posted at 3:20 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com