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Blood shortage at critical level

August 3, 2007

Albany -- The American Red Cross of Georgia has issued an emergency appeal for type-O blood.

Right now there is a little more than a half day's supply, and the Red Cross is only able to fill  thirty percent of the state's hospital requests.

Type O is the supply used most frequently during an emergency. Even if it's not your blood type it may help save your life.

"We are at a critical low with the O type. Like I said before O's are very important because it is universal. It can be used in any emergency until we get your blood type," said Andrea Tatum of the American Red Cross.

Eighty-six percent of the population can receive type O blood. Most People over the age of 17 who weigh at least 110-pounds can give blood.

Anyone interested in donating can call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

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