Medicine: Bionic Blood

It may soon flow here

It is all too familiar to doctors. The patient desperately needs blood for an operation but is a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, a group with religious beliefs that forbid blood transfusions. Often physicians must stand idly by while such a patient dies. But now, in one case at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, doctors have resolved this dilemma. The solution: a transfusion using artificial blood, the first time it has been attempted in the U.S.

In October a 67-year-old Jehovah's Witness had undergone surgery without blood transfusion. Discharged from the hospital, he soon developed severe anemia...

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