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Published December 15, 2010, 09:13 PM

Dak-Minn Blood Bank Seeing 'Critically Low' Supply in Some Blood Types

Dak-Minn Blood Bank is looking for a gift -- from you. They continue to ask for donors with blood types that are in critically low supply. Levels of A and O blood types reached a low this week.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Dak-Minn Blood Bank is looking for a gift -- from you.

They continue to ask for donors with blood types that are in critically low supply.

Ann Bailey decided to donate blood at Dak-Minn Wednesday. It was just a few years ago that Bailey again became regular donor.

"I did many years ago. And always intended to do it and kind of forgot about it," Bailey said.

Bailey says it was after her daughter was diagnosed with leukemia that she saw the good that came from donating.

"Very early into her treatment, the doctor said when people asked what they could do he said they could give blood," Bailey said.

Bailey and other donors are answering a call for help from the non-profit blood bank. Levels of A and O blood types reached a critical low this week.

"Critically low is when there is a really high demand. And we don't always know when the high demand is going to be, it could be because of surgeries or a bad accident," Julie Jenson Dak-Minn manager said.

Reporter: Manager of the Dak-Minn blood bank Julie Jenson says it was a surgery done at Altu this week that used a large amount of blood reserves. Now they are putting a call out for donors to replenish supplies.

"We are probably not OK today, It will take us probably take about a week to get back up to safe inventory levels," Jenson said.

Bailey says that if giving blood can help save a life, which happened in her family, it is the the right thing to do.

"Even if they don't give it in a specific person's name, it's important, because what goes around comes around," Bailey said.

Jenson says Altru transfusion services brought in blood supplies from another blood bank on Tuesday to deal with the shortage.

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