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Red Cross short on blood donations

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If you're injured in an accident or need surgery your doctors might rely on blood donations to help you recover.

But what if no one is donating?

Some blood centers across Michigan are seeing just that and are now facing shortages.

"We have not yet got to the point where there's an artificial blood and so there is a need out there," Dr. James Weber said.

He's an emergency physician at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. He said this time of year the need is always high for blood, especially O-negative.

"There's more travel, tends to be more accidents, so to speak and so inherently greater need for blood during the summer," Weber said.

According to the American Red Cross this summer's no different.

"Summer time is always a challenge for the American Red Cross as far as blood donation and getting people out to blood drives. A lot of that has to do with vacations," Todd Kulman said.

The staff at the American Red Cross said residents might get to go on vacation this summer, but the need for blood never does. In fact they say the need is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

 "When you make a blood donation you can save up to three lives and I can tell you that the need for blood is constant. And every two seconds somebody needs a blood transfusion somewhere in the United States," Kulman said.

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