For Immediate Release
August 1, 2001
Televised programs help doctors cope with international blood shortage
“I just finished watching a program that was very comprehensive, and simple to follow. I am an anesthesiologist and I work with junior doctors. This is exactly what they need; this is very valuable information!” Dr. Muthu Veerappan enthusiastically responded after watching the award-winning program Transfusion-Alternative Strategies—Simple, Safe, Effective when it aired on television in his home country of Malaysia. Dr. Veerappan runs a clinic and works closely with a teaching hospital, so he has proposed using Transfusion-Alternative Strategies in their training program. “There are many problems with the blood supply—HIV and hepatitis. . . . Recently we had several discussions in our department on how to reduce use of blood transfusion. . . . By doing this, we can overcome many problems.”
Television stations in the United States also aired this and the related program No Blood—Medicine Meets the Challenge during recent months. One viewer who spent years working in the medical profession commented on what she saw: “I appreciated the technical information that was put forth and how accurate it was.” Another viewer said: “Thanks to the medical community in their efforts to improve the quality of medical care for all of us!”
“May you progress very, very rapidly with this program; it is very needed” remarked 70-year old Hazel Bowen, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. Hazel watched the televised program with great interest. She has myasthenia gravis, and her body also has trouble producing iron. She has had to have treatments for some time that included transfusions, but Hazel would prefer to be treated without blood. After watching the program she obtained the number and address of the nearest hospital specializing in bloodless treatment options.
Since then Hazel has consulted with specialists at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, which has an established bloodless program, leading her to this conclusion: “I think it is a very valuable program at the present time. I think it is going to be a very necessary program in the future. I don't think I have ever received more time and care than from the people who worked with me on this.”
Future broadcasts of these two videos and other educational material will be aired for the benefit of the general public, courtesy of the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Contact: J. R. Brown, telephone: (718) 560-5600