By Olivia Deng
In 2013, anemia, a condition in which one does not have enough healthy red blood cells, resulted in 4,894 deaths, according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, according to the American Red Cross, so with a significant portion of the population relying on blood transfusions for survival, safe blood transfusions are critical. In an effort to make blood transfusions simpler, Boston Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of pioneering the use of new technology that precisely matches blood donor with blood recipient.
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