Blood Drive / Bank Mata (Eye Bank)

We have been working with Bank Mata, the first Indonesian c0rnea donation bank.  It is VERY unusual for Indonesians to donate organs so it is slow-going to overcome the perceived  objections to donating a cornea.  The head of the cornea bank is Indonesian (and a Muslim), so it will just take a little time.

A friend who works at the US Embassy mentioned that the embassy was having a blood drive on Feb 14 and offered to let Bank Mata set up an information booth.  Perfect!

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The lady 2nd from left is Dr. Varkha, the US Embassy Dr. 

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We both tried to donate blood, but were turned down – I had taken an antibiotic in the last 5 days and DeeAnn’s  blood pressure was too low.  Better than it being too high!

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These folks were approved

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The early report was that most people were taking an application to consider it and they had already signed up 3 in the first 2 hours!  There is a health fair in April, so they will be coming back then.

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This is inside the embassy grounds looking toward the entrance.  Security is naturally tight – guards and gates everywhere.  The yellow and black striped plate is VERY heavy steel and is raised and lowered each time a vehicle enters the compound.   There is NO WAY a car could ram through two gates and then go through the plate – the car’s radiator would hit the top edge of the plate.

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