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Mercy Ships Celebrates World Blood Donor Day
Date:6/14/2009

"It Takes All Types" according to World Blood Donor Day

Cotonou, Benin (Vocus) June 14, 2009 -- Millions of people around the world owe their lives to individuals they will never meet -- people who donate their blood to help others. But crew members on a Mercy Ship live and work just minutes away from the patients who receive their "gift of life" every day in West Africa.

First-time blood donor Marilyn Hansen from Los Angeles, California, volunteers onboard the Mercy Ship currently docked in Benin. The former teacher's blood donation along with that of 11 other blood donors onboard ship recently helped save the life of 34-year-old Ambroise, a patient who received a surgery for a large, benign, but growing tumor.

In honor of World Blood Donor Day (June 14), Mercy Ships recognizes volunteers such as Hansen for their willingness to go the extra mile to bring hope and healing to world's forgotten poor.

Hansen says that she had never donated blood at home. People gave blood for money, it went into a large blood bank, and "there were plenty of people to give blood. I just never felt like they really needed me to give." But she added that meeting the person whose life was changed by her donation has made all the difference.

"I got the call from the hospital lab, and they asked, 'Come right now.' They said a patient was currently in surgery and was losing a lot of blood. Later I met Ambroise down in the ward. It was amazing to see him doing okay and to find out more about his family and his life here in Benin. Anywhere else, I'd never get the chance to do that," commented Hansen.

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