China's Blood Shortage Drives Patients To Black Market

February 15, 2015 11:12 PM

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In China, a shortage of blood which has been dubbed the “blood famine” by some, is driving some desperate patients to black market agents known as “blood heads” who sell certificates which allow patients access to state blood banks.

Hong, a retired Shanghai civil servant suffering from a debilitating blood condition known as myelodysplastic, was quote by Channel News Asia as having said that “buying blood solves our problems” and that without blood heads, he questioned, “what would I do?”

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