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Blood Donations Needed For Survivors Of Asiana Airlines Crash

A donor gives blood. (CBS)

A donor gives blood. (CBS)

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STANFORD (CBS SF) — The Stanford Blood Center is calling for more blood donations following the deadly Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash that killed two teenage girls and left as many as 180 injured.

The center has an urgent need for type O-positive and O-negative blood and platelets.

The center is a main supplier to Stanford Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital where 55 crash survivors were taken following the Saturday morning incident.

According to the blood center, the crash occurred when supplies were already low following the Fourth of July holiday.

All blood types will be accepted.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets call the center at (888) 723-7831. More information is available at bloodcenter.stanford.edu.

Rachael Kagan, a spokeswoman for San Francisco General Hospital, which received 62 crash survivors suffering injuries, also encouraged blood donors to come forward.

“If people want to do something, they can go to their local blood bank and donate blood,” Kagan said. “It’s always a good idea, and now is probably a good time.”

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