Medicine: 20 Gallons of Blood

Worried and puzzled, Manufacturer Hubert Harris, 48, checked into Dallas' Baylor Hospital a fortnight ago. His left eye was blackened; on his legs were great bruiselike splotches. To Baylor doctors, it was obvious that Harris was suffering from severe internal bleeding. They did not know why.

As the doctors tried to find the cause, veins, arteries and capillaries in Harris' intestinal tract began to leak blood. To keep alive, Harris had to have whole blood and plenty of it. The problem was Harris' comparatively rare (about one out of 100) blood type, B-RH Negative.

In desperation, the doctors appealed to the public. The...

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