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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The 18th Medical Command came to the aid of a South Korean woman on Friday who needed a rare blood type, according to a Combined Forces Command news release.

A 56-year-old South Korean woman needed five units of AB+Fy(a)- blood. According to the release, only 0.4 percent of Koreans are of that blood type.

The South Korean Red Cross contacted the Combined Forces Command to seek blood for the woman, who was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis at Hanyang University Hospital.

Personnel at the 18th MEDCOM examined the 30 units of that blood type in their stockpile and provided five that “were judged suitable for transfusion,” according to the release.


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