Several good Samaritans in the vicinity of Dilsukhnagar rushed to the private hospitals, where the injured in Thursday’s bomb blasts were being treated, to donate blood.

Finding a news flash issued by Omni Hospital for a particular group of blood, more than 300 people voluntarily turned up, and at one point it became difficult for the hospital authorities to contain the crowd, Omni Hospital Medical Director M. Goutham Reddy said on Sunday.

“Many volunteering to donate blood came to the hospital. They even left their mobile numbers, asking us to contact in need,” Dr. Reddy added.

In fact, the hospital was facing shortage of ‘AB’ positive group blood as one of the victims, Giri, in his 20s, was badly injured and had sustained severe blood loss. “Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to the injuries after 12 hours,” he said.

The victim came with his back ripped open and ridden with so many splinters and shrapnel as if ridden with bullets from a machine gun, recounted Raghavendra, another doctor.

“We tried our best to resuscitate him and gave about four blood transfusions, but the nature of the injuries was such that he could not survive,” he said. Many victims had to be operated twice to remove shrapnel of nails, bolts and other metal pieces, he added.

The victims mostly needed the services of orthopaedic, plastic and general surgeons and anesthesiologists, Dr. Reddy said. “Fortunately, most victims had enough comprehension that they gave their names and telephone numbers of their families. The situation came under control after three hours,” he added.

The situation was similar at Care Hospital, Nampally, where scores of people came forward to donate the rare ‘O’ negative blood. A grievously injured Vijaya Prasad is still on ventilator and is in need of rare blood.

“We received hundreds of calls from donors. Paramedical staff and other employees at the hospital too came forward to donate blood. With their help, we managed to collect over 15 bottles of ‘O’ negative blood,” doctors said.

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