How do blood transfusions work? – Bill Schutt

In 1881, doctor William Halsted rushed to help his sister Minnie, who was hemorrhaging after childbirth. He quickly inserted a needle into his arm, withdrew his own blood, and transferred it to her. After a few uncertain minutes, she began to recover. Halsted didn’t know how lucky they’d gotten. His transfusion only worked because he and his sister happened to […]

Blood, Part 1 – True Blood: Crash Course A&P #29

Don’t take this the wrong way, but you’re pretty replaceable. When it comes to your body, science has figured out how to hack, synthesize, or replace a surprising amount of its parts and processes. We have implants to keep heart beats steady, and steel rods to mimic bones. We’ve got drugs that can replace hormones, and antibiotics to cover for […]

Teenage Leukemia Fighter Shows Us Importance of Blood and Platelet Donations This Holiday Season

I can’t even explain what the feeling is because it’s just it’s not tiredness, it’s beyond tiredness. It’s not exhaustion it’s like you feel so terrible. And so I went in and they said, “well you need blood, that’s why.” Little did we know we would become regulars at the hospital and getting blood transfusions and knowing the phlebotomist by […]

trOy BeAt cAncer

I went through probably the hardest thing that I’ll ever go through in my life when I was diagnosed with cancer. As I slowly began to process what was going on, I became pretty afraid and pretty scared that I might not get better. When we got the phone call from the doctor that day, it was like an out-of-body […]