Intravenous news: News Medical report “In a medical first, a revolutionary synthetic blood has saved the life of a Victorian woman. Doctors at The Alfred brought Tamara Coakley, 33, back from the brink of death after a horrific car crash left her with severe blood loss and dangerously close to heart failure.
This is the first reported case of the synthetic blood reversing cardiac hypoxia and anaemia in a trauma patient. They tried to save her using 10 units of the haemoglobin-based oxygen carrier, called HBOC-201 that had to be flown in from the US. The synthetic blood contains a molecule derived from cow’s blood and restored the level of haemoglobin in her blood, which carries oxygen to the tissues.”