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Porthole 10 Oct 13 :: Cruise Weekly



Porthole 10 Oct 13

WHAT a bloody dam(n) emergency! The US Coast Guard was called to assist a seriously ill passenger on Holland America Line’s Oosterdam who was suffering internal bleeding and urgently needed a blood transfusion. As the ship was a day away from the nearest Hawaiian port, the Coast Guard contacted a medical centre on Oahu and the Blood Bank of Hawaii to gather six units of the necessary blood type, one pack of platelets and two transfusion kits. Within seven hours the blood-filled packages were delivered by HC-130 Hercules ...
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