Hematology: A Rare Type of Blood

While crossing a Philadelphia street a year ago, Amelia Hutson, 24, mother of six, was hit by a car. She suffered a broken right leg and left thigh. At Temple University Hospital she got a one-pint transfusion of blood that seemed to match hers by all the usual tests, and she appeared to have no adverse reaction. One week later, though, the surgeons wanted more blood to use in an operation on Mrs. Hutson's thigh. And then Dr. Lyndall Molthan, head of Temple's blood bank, made a surprising discovery: she could no...

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