Why blood type o is a universal donor

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284738 tn?1283106819 Look at the bright side, O- is called the universal donor because no matter what blood type you have, you can receive blood from someone who is O-. So you could give blood (after your baby is born) and maybe save another baby's life.
Avatar f tn There is nothing suspicious about this. Had it been the other way around- type O parents having a type B child- that would have raised serious questions. Sorry to hear your family has been abusive to you.
Avatar f tn My Dad is O+ and my Mum is A2B+ but my blood type is B-. How is this possible?
Avatar f tn Type O blood is hardest because someone with O type can only receive O type blood. On the other hand Type O is good to have as a donor.
Avatar f tn Someone who is rh+ would not have any problems carrying a Rh- baby, O Rh- is the universal blood donor type, meaning that we can donate blood to any other blood group, however we can only recieve blood from O Rh- and I think one other (been too long since university!
Avatar n tn Patients with blood type O have the longest wait times of all blood types for deceased donor livers, as most people waiting for a liver transplant are blood type O. It is also the most common blood type. We can only except a liver from another type O donor. A living donor liver is the best option for obtaining a transplant quickly.
Avatar n tn The mother would pass on an O (Rh-d) and the father would have to pass on a B (Rh-d) to give you the blood type BO (Rh-neg). Any time you have a A or B with an O it is always going to be that letter (A or B group that is dominate as I said previous the O is not having nothing on your Red Blood Cells). Hope I didn't confuse you to much.
3236191 tn?1451021479 My wife is in desperate need of a liver transplant but is in Australia and I'm in the United States. She is covered under their universal health care as a citizen but I'm not as a non-citizen. I'm most likely a compatible donor due to having type O blood. How would we go about getting the ball rolling on this? Am I going to have to pay any out of pocket expenses? What does the process entail?
Avatar f tn 0- is not rare but it the universal blood type.. It is the only type of blood that can mix into any other type of blood with out any complications... Although being pregnant and having this blood type the body generally does try to regect the baby.. It is VERY NORMAL to get that shot actually they generally give every pregnant woman that shot just in case so the body doesnt regect the baby..
1342206 tn?1276142557 my dad is type O+ and my mother is type A2b+ i don't have clue to what my blood type might be and last time i went to the doctor i forgot to ask them what my blood type was?
Avatar f tn No you do not need a rhogam shot if you are rh positive .. Even if dad is rh negative. The shot is only needed if you are negative and daddy is positive because even if baby is negative it means that baby is missing a certain protein on the blood cells which wont cause any harm. The only time you get the shot is when you are negative and there is a chance baby is positive because if there is any transfer in blood between you and baby you have a possibility of becoming sensitized.
1569123 tn?1332790730 Hello, Ideally for kidney transplantation the blood groups should be the same. Although “Oblood group is universal donor, yet to minimize risk of transplant rejection, doctors might not go ahead with the transplantation if the blood groups are different. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor.
Avatar f tn I just recently asked what was my blood type because my mom told me I was o-negative. Well I found out that I am but I never received a Rhogam shot. My doctor has never even discussed it with me. Is this a big issue? Will this cause any complications? Has anyone else dealt with this????
Avatar f tn Hi. I am having a baby via donor eggs. My blood type is O positive; so is my husband's. But the donor's is O negative. Does this mean that the baby would need some type of treatment at birth or during the pregnancy? Thank you.
Avatar f tn Any woman who is a negative blood type has to get the shot if baby is positive blood type it's just normal
Avatar f tn I am O- also. It is not a big deal. I got the shot while pregnant and possibly another after I had my son. I never had any issues. I wouldn't worry about getting hurt because I'm sure you are already being careful. But if you do get injured, just make sure to inform your doctor. O- it's not a bad thing... we are actually universal donors. Blood banks like our blood because they use it for premature babies since no blood type will reject it.
Avatar m tn if you had Bartonella or babesiosis you cannot donate B ut they never ask you that. I am o pos, a universal donor, and they keep calling me asking me to donate and I tell them of my condition. Then they call later again. I used to give double red and whole blood at least 3 times a year.
Avatar f tn I know that is highly valued as it is the universal donor type. I am currently not accepted for donation; they tell me I have to wait till I am at least 6 months post-surgery. My surgery was 4/15.
1225198 tn?1336788230 MysticalChick is right. You are definetly ok, for SURE. It's the Rh +/- that makes the difference. My mom is O- and dad is AB+. ANYONE can take O- blood, but - can't take + blood. This makes O- blood like gold, and O+ is pretty important too. You should dontate blood more often! But even in the situation of one partner with + and the other with -, it won't PREVENT pregnancy, it would only make keeping the pregnancy difficult, if not impossible.
Avatar n tn I'm RH neg as well. I just got my rhogam shot yesterday. You also receive one after labor. They said to get it during the 28th week so now that I'm in the 28th week I just got it. It's because with an rh blood type it can be harmful for the baby if he/she has a positive blood type and they don't want the baby to get sick. They told me as long as I got the shot around the 28th week the baby will be just fine.
Avatar f tn Also, my mother has Type O- blood type. Will this make it more difficult for her to find a donor, will it increase the time she will have to wait for a donor? Thank you.
Avatar f tn I dont think baby will need it if its +, o- is the universal donor which is why transfusion centres want our blood so bad, we can donate to anyone and our blood wont harm them however we can only accept o- blood and I think 1 other blood type. Its maybe different for the other blood groups with the neg factor.
1230912 tn?1273492770 You gave your son an A- ABO copy and your husband gave your son a O+ ABO copy so yes he did test positive for the A blood group he actually is A-/O+. I hope that helps? Sorry for your loss also.
Avatar f tn You only need a Rhogam shot if your negative blood type and your partner is a positive blood type. You do not need to get the shot while ur pregnant if it's your very first pregnancy or unless you endure serious trauma, such as a bad car accident that would potential damage to your fetus.you can wait until you're baby is born and get the blood tested. If the baby is negative blood type you will not need the shot.
1204700 tn?1271948852 So, when I went for my seven week ultra sound, i found out that i have a O- blood type. They told me that i have to get some kind of shot at 23 weeks. What exactly is this shot for? I'm confused and kinda scared! Also, how likely is the posibility of being a few weeks farther along than what they tell you? In my last ultra sound i was 6w6days. I posted some pictures. But i saw the heart beat! I feel like i might be a tad bit father along than they think. The baby is 7.7cm now!
Avatar f tn Reason why, the only reason why having o- blood type is a problem is if your baby has a different blood type then you and for some reason your blood is mixed during pregnancy then your body will not recognize it and try to fight it off like an infection. It will create antibodies but those antibodies only happen in second, third, or any other pregnancy in the future.Your body won't make them during your first.