ELYSIAN PARK (CBSLA) – Donating blood has never been more critical.
Nationwide, there is a shortage of blood that is worrying medical professionals. In an effort to provide aid to local hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange County, vans lined up at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, seeking to collect at least 150 units of blood.
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People from Los Angeles and as far away as Las Vegas traveled to Chavez Ravine to contribute. Health professionals have said fewer people will be donating blood now compared to when the COVID-19 pandemic started.
“For a while we were busy at the start of COVID. I don’t know if people are sick or don’t have time to donate,” said Cathy Jones of Houchin Community Blood Bank.
Brianna Veizaga works in pediatric hematology and oncology. She sees every day how crucial the need for blood is.
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“Just seeing patients who really need blood really pushed me to donate as much as possible,” Veizaga said.
On average, it takes seven to nine minutes for a blood test. A 480 milliliter bag is equivalent to a little less than a bottle of water. Once received, the blood goes directly into a cooler before being collected and transferred to a local hospital.
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“It’s better to save a life because someone might need it more than me,” said blood donor Jasmine Shaw.