Chih-ming, Shu-fen top donors

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 - Page 3

Data compiled by the Taipei Blood Center shows that men named Chih-ming (志明) and women named Shu-fen (淑芬) were the most frequent male and female blood donors between 1974 and Nov. 11 last year.

The center publicized the findings yesterday at an event aimed at encouraging more people to donate blood ahead of possible blood shortages among hospitals during the nine-day Lunar New Year holiday beginning on Feb. 9. According to the center, the recent cold weather might deter potential donors, adding that it hopes to gather enough blood in storage to last 12 days.

The information released by the center yesterday showed a total of 2.8 million people donated blood between 1974 and Nov. 11 last year.

Over three decades, out of 1.75 million male donors, those named “Chih-ming” were the most frequent, with 5,274 occurrences. The second-most frequent were men with the name “Chih-wei” (志偉), accounting for 4,008 donations, and the third-most frequent were men with the name “Chih-chiang” (志強) at 3,891 occurrences, the center said, adding that in fourth place were those named “Chien-hung” (建宏), with 3,695 occurrences, while fifth place was held by men named “Chun-hung” (俊宏).

Among the 1.08 million female donors, the most commonly seen name was “Shu-fen,” with 6,574 occurrences, and the second-most common was “Shu-hui” (淑惠), with 5,514 occurrences. The third-most frequent female name was “Mei-ling” (美玲) with 5,435 occurrences and the fourth was “Shu-chen” (淑貞) with 4,562 occurrences. The fifth-most commonly seen name was “Shu-chuan” (淑娟) with 4,455 occurrences, the center said.

The center invited donors with the most commonly seen names of both sexes to attend another blood drive held yesterday afternoon and hoped that their altruism would prompt others to emulate their actions.

Among the donors was Huang Shu-fen (黃淑芬) from Tamsui (淡水), New Taipei City (新北市), who said that she started donating blood after an incident following her son’s birth.

He was experiencing respiratory distress, and when doctors could not find a reason for it, they suggested that he might need a major blood transfusion, she said.