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Securing the life line

The national blood bank appeals to people to donate generously and help save lives

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She is no vampire, but in those critical hours drifting between life and death, Porntana Tansawangkul's only salvation was a blood transfusion that needed to be administered right away _ it was just as vital to her survival as it would be to a vampire. 

"Down with dengue haemorrhagic fever, the blood loss was so severe I was in a coma and lapsed into a shock-like state," recalled Porntana, a bank officer, of her ordeal. She had to wait eight hours before help arrived.

The wait was tormenting but at the end of it six units of type-O blood from donors was transfused into Porntana's body and she survived to tell this story.

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