What did the person accused of ‘volunteer selling blood’ say?

Ho Chi Minh CityMr. Hoang, 70, said he received 2.2 million VND from two family members of the Heart Institute patient when he introduced a volunteer blood donor, “intended to use it to support difficult pediatric patients who need surgery”.

“I told the patient’s family that I could not help for nothing because I had taken care of many children, and could foster each blood donor about one million, and emphasized that it depends on the family’s ability,” Mr. Hoang replied. VnExpress evening of June 8 – a few days after being accused of collecting money from his own pocket when he introduced a volunteer blood donor to a patient’s family.

Mr. Hoang said that in May he was helping 6 children waiting for hospital admission procedures, preparing a list of blood donors to wait for the children to be operated on. At that time, two relatives of the patient asked him to help him find a blood donor, he refused because “waiting to take care of the other six children, finding a blood donor is also very difficult”. The next day, these two people came back to ask again, and he accepted.

According to Mr. Hoang, then a family sent him two million dong, one family said they didn’t have money, so they sent 200,000 dong. Thus, in total, he received 2.2 million VND. “This amount, I told the patient’s family that I would buy scratch cards for blood donors, not give money, because giving money will be for sale,” this person explained.

However, after the voluntary blood donors finished, he took them to eat pho, drink coffee and then parted, without giving scratch cards. “I have 6 children from very poor families who are waiting to be hospitalized. I plan to use this money to further support them, but I’m afraid to say the reason why the other two will not give the money,” said Mr. Hoang, adding “although lied to two families, but I think it’s not a crime to lie without harming people.”

This “volunteer blood sale” suspicion is being investigated by authorities. While waiting for the conclusion, Mr. Hoang shared that he used to be a member of the Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross Society, and recently a member of the Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children’s Rights. He participated in volunteer work at the Heart Institute by mobilizing costs to help patients with heart surgery, taking care of more than 260 children; organized many community activities during the Covid-19 outbreak last year…

“Over the past 10 years, I have taken care of many poor patients, without scandals or complaints. Many patients after I finished helping them still regularly contact, call and ask, making me find my work meaningful. “, he said and added that at the age of 70, when he was supposed to rest, he still got up at 5:30 am to go to the hospital, eat three meals a day on the street because he loved poor patients and wanted to help them.

An operation at the Heart Institute of Ho Chi Minh City. Image: Hospital provides

Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Heart Institute Bui Minh Trang confirmed that Mr. Hoang had been a volunteer at the hospital for many years, and acknowledged that there were gaps in the management of blood donation activities here. The reason for the above incident is because the Heart Institute has its own blood bank and applies the policy of patients using blood in heart surgery. blood. If a patient does not have relatives eligible to donate blood, the hospital will contact to receive blood from the Ho Chi Minh City Blood Bank and ask the patient to pay according to the bill. Meanwhile, most medical facilities in Ho Chi Minh City do not have their own blood banks, so they receive blood from the Ho Chi Minh City Blood Bank and the patient pays this cost.

On June 7, Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health had a meeting with the Heart Institute, Ho Chi Minh City Blood Transfusion and Hematology Hospital, and agreed to stop receiving blood directly at the Heart Institute. People who wish to donate blood will be referred to the Blood Bank of Ho Chi Minh City Blood Transfusion Hospital to donate according to general regulations. The Heart Institute only mobilizes to collect donated blood from the patient’s relatives in the most urgent situation, when it cannot receive a timely response from the Blood Bank.

From June 9, the Heart Institute ensures blood preparation for patients’ heart surgery by receiving blood from the Blood Bank of the Ho Chi Minh City Blood Transfusion and Hematology Hospital. “The Institute is committed to ensuring that professional work is not affected when changing the blood supply place for surgery, the patient’s interests are absolutely guaranteed,” said Dr. Trang.

* The accused person’s name is changed

Le Phuong


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