SELF-DONATION

How recycling device spares patients blood donation need

Patients, especially mothers, often die during surgery due to blood shortage. Hemafuse salvages your blood and returns it to the body. Last week, Kenya became the first in Africa to launch it

In Summary

• The pump-like system automatically transfuses a patient’s own blood from internal haemorrhage

• Elsewhere in Africa, the best medics can do is recycle manually using a scoop-and-sieve technique

On an early Sunday morning, Dr Meshack Ndirangu was called to perform an emergency caesarean section.

He was by then working as a medical doctor at the Kakuma Mission Hospital in Turkana ...

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