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Bloodless in Beijing

The abrupt Beijing government decision on family blood donations, announced days before the Lunar New Year holiday, left thousands of patients in limbo as a so-called 'blood famine' hit the capital. Photo: VCG
The abrupt Beijing government decision on family blood donations, announced days before the Lunar New Year holiday, left thousands of patients in limbo as a so-called 'blood famine' hit the capital. Photo: VCG

When Xiaochen heard there were no platelets in the blood bank run by Red Cross in Beijing he was devastated.

“There's no blood anywhere… I'm sorry, everyone, I'm exhausted and I feel I want to give up on life,” wrote the 24-year old patient suffering from aplastic anemia, a rare disease in which an individual suffers a blood shortage due to bone marrow damage.

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