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Desperate need for blood donations following winter weather

Desperate need for blood donations following winter weather (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12)

Red Cross officials said they are in desperate need of donated blood due to the winter storms.

They gave NewsChannel 12 a tour of one of their life-saving AirLink helicopters. Executive Director of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross James Jarvis said it's crucial these helicopters have both blood and plasma onboard.

The reason for that, Jarvis said, is because they have a higher survival rate when they give patients blood and/or plasma before hydrating them with saline or hydration fluids.

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