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Violent, Accident-Filled Night Sparks Need For Blood

Wendy Rigby
Texas Public Radio
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has issued an urgent plea for blood donations following a night where accident victims and victims of violence needed a lot of blood.

Hospitals in San Antonio were flooded with patients from accidents and violence last night, leading to an urgent call today for blood donations.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center says all six donor rooms are open today.

Without more blood available cancer and surgery patients may have to push back their scheduled procedures.

Blood donations across the country are at a 30-year low. January is National Blood Donor Month.

Wendy Rigby is a San Antonio native who has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. She spent two decades at KENS-TV covering health and medical news. Now, she brings her considerable background, experience and passion to Texas Public Radio.