Monday, June 14, 2010

Bombay Phenotype – the rarest blood group.

“Bombay Phenotype” as the name indicates was found first in Bombay and it is the rarest blood group in the world. Incidence is 0.0004% of the global population. i.e. 1 in 17,600 people in India or 1 in 25,000 people in the world are of this special type of blood group. Total 179 people were known to have of this blood group in India, but the 180th person has been identified in Bangalore BGS hospital yesterday. 42 year old Annappa Hanumanthappa of Davangere was here for donating blood for his 6 year old son for the cardiac surgery and he was identified as the 180th person.

As this blood group has resemblances with “O” group, all this blood group holders have to make sure it is not Bombay Phenotype. Because a person with Bombay Phenotype should always cautious not to receive or donate any other blood group. They should carry an identity card prominently displaying blood group.

BGS Global Hospital’s Rare Blood Group Registry helpline: 2625 5654

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