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Donate: As Chicago violence escalates, so does hospitals` need for blood

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

As violent crimes in Chicago near the tipping point, many people feel helpless just standing by the sidelines. But there is a way to help victims of violence available to nearly everyone: Donate blood.

About 1,000 donors are needed every single day here to meet the needs of Chicago hospitals.

FOX medical contributor Dr. Mona Khanna explained that while blood is desperately needed, fewer than 10% of people eligible to donate actually do follow through.

Israel's Director of Blood Management Dr. Eilat Shinar and David Berry of Lifesource, which provides blood to 45 Chicago hospitals, joined Good Day Chicago Wednesday morning to explain how you can help.

Mass casualty accidents in Israel prompt an emergency response scenario similar to those in Chicago, where escalating gun violence prompts the need for massive blood transfusions as victims fight for their lives. Dr. Shinar shed some light on why blood donations help.

One gunshot victim can require up to 100 pints of blood. Berry explained how the availability of blood products is a great comfort to those who find themselves in need, as well as their families.

For more information, please visit LifeSource.org and AFMDA.org.

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