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Case studies

Greece
An assistance company in Geneva received a call for blood from one of its members. As the patient was to undergo major surgery and the assistance company could not supply blood, a BCF courier took the blood to Athens the same day. The blood was used in the operation and the patient made a full recovery.

Philippines
A British national, suffering from cellulitis and gastrointestinal bleeding, required A Negative blood. As none was available locally, a BCF courier took the blood to Manila. All six units were transfused; the patient made a good recovery and was then able to return to the UK by scheduled flight for further treatment.

Nigeria
  1. A member in Nigeria was badly injured in a road traffic accident and required amputation of her left leg. As the hospital had no blood available, BCF provided four units. The operation was successful and the patient made a good recovery.
  2. An American citizen, resident in Lagos, requires an occasional blood transfusion; he has cancer and is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant in the US. As his business requires him to be in Nigeria, he has to travel to Europe each time he needs a transfusion. As part of its charitable activities, BCF agreed to provide him with the blood he needs prior to his operation.

Mexico
A student fell off the 7th floor balcony of his hotel in Mexico City and suffered multiple injuries including two broken legs, a broken lower back and crushed internal organs. As the patient required O Negative blood and the hospital had only two units available, BCF provided an additional 12 units, which a courier delivered just ten hours after the request was received. After several months in hospital, the patient is making a good recovery.