A Woman on a Cruise Ship Needed an Emergency Blood Transfusion . . . And 150 Passengers Immediately Showed Up to Donate
Last Thursday, a 73-year-old woman named Elaine Smith collapsed on board a Carnival cruise ship in the Cayman Islands. And at that point, no one knew what was wrong. But it turned out to be a bleeding ulcer, which can be deadly.
Doctors decided she needed a blood transfusion, so the cruise director got on the loudspeaker and asked for volunteers with blood type B-positive to come donate.
Now, obviously sitting down for a blood donation doesn't top the list of things you want to do on a cruise ship. But within minutes, over 150 passengers showed up to do it.
In the end, two passengers, two crewmembers, and Elaine's 76-year-old husband Homer donated about a pint of blood each. Then the captain picked up the pace, and got to their next stop two hours early.
Elaine was airlifted to Fort Lauderdale, and she's doing fine now. According to Homer, everyone involved was amazing. And when he first walked into the room where more than 150 people were waiting to donate blood, he was overwhelmed by it.
It turns out Elaine had been taking baby aspirin to thin her blood, and that's probably what aggravated the ulcer. (Sun-Sentinel)