Hematology: Saved by Her Own Blood

Lila Mauldin, 26, Albuquerque housewife and mother of three, was always short of breath; she got tired in no time. Diagnosis of her trouble was easy enough, and last spring she went to Denver's National Jewish Hospital for an operation to correct mitral stenosis —a narrowing of the valve inside her heart, between its upper and lower left chambers. Without such an operation, Mrs. Mauldin was not likely to live long. But the N.J.H. surgeons found they could not operate because Patient Mauldin would need transfusions during surgery, and she had rare,...

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