Day 268 Mile 268: Making the blood run. On 25th of September 1818 in Guy’s Hospital (London) James Blundell successfully carried out the first recorded blood transfusion, thus saving a patient’s life. Blundell was the son of a successful draper in London, but on his mother’s side he had John Haighton, a leading medic at Guy’s, under whom the young man studied. Blundell was a practical medic, a specialist in obstetrics, and his actions 199 years ago today saved mothers life; using four ounces of blood extracted from the woman’s husband, and injected into her with a syringe.
Blundell continued to develop his techniques and knowledge in this field, experimenting over the next decade and more. In a refreshing reversal of the usual trend, Blundell saw some financial benefit from his groundbreaking work and when he died he left a considerable fortune, amounting to more than £350,000, a huge sum for the time.
Since then, blood transfusion has gone on to be developed and absorbed into standard medical practice, with around 85,000,000 pints of red blood cells being transfused per year.
It’s an important thing, I know that over the years I have needed several units, without which I (and many, many other people) may not be here.
Today’s run could therefore have been pretty arbitrary, past any doctor’s surgery, hospital or haematology lab in the world. However in the neighboring village of Llanfairfaechan there is the opportunity to go and donate blood tomorrow (26th Sept) so there you are, here is a map; no excuses!
The run itself was good if a little grey, with the mist from the hills almost perfectly reflecting the hue of the granite walls, bitumen roads and languid sea. All very atmospheric though!
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 2041.0 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!
Totally unconnected earworm today, but nice and bippy though!