Post-Traumatic Infection

Some who donated blood on Sept. 11 are discovering they have hepatitis. Now they need to learn their A, B, Cs

Among the many things I will never forget about Sept. 11 is the sight of New Yorkers gathering by the thousands to give blood. The lines outside the New York Blood Center stretched around the block, a scene repeated across the U.S. as blood donations tripled and many would-be donors had to be turned away.

Some folks who have tried to give--at least 150 in New York City--are getting calls and letters informing them that their blood has been rejected because it tested positive for various diseases, chief among them hepatitis, an infection of the liver. Cynics say no good deed...

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