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A foreign-born teacher working in China has Shanghai medical staff and her fellow expats to thank after a life-saving blood transfusion.
Shanghai Daily reports that Mary Nurre, a 54-year-old American, was admitted to Shanghai East Hospital in critical condition and was quickly diagnosed as having suffered a massive haemorrhage from a ruptured spleen.
After discovering that Ms Nurre has a rare Rh negative blood type, doctors at the hospital called the Shanghai Blood Centre for assistance.
There, quick-thinking medics targeted international schools and expat communities, recognising that while just 0.3 per cent of Chinese people have Rh negative blood types, it is present in around ten to 15 per cent of Caucasians.
A quick response from seven expats living in the city provided the necessary blood for the transfusion, and Ms Nurre is now recovering in a stable condition.
Although potential expats may take comfort in the knowledge that China boasts an advanced healthcare system, taking out an expat medical insurance policy may provide peace of mind that full access to care will be afforded.
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