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Mohamed Lehar, M.D., a school of medicine researcher in otolaryngology, was one of several top blood donors recently recognized for making frequent blood donations to American Red Cross drives at Johns Hopkins. More than 30 Hopkins employees who have donated at least five gallons of blood (including Johns Hopkins Hospital President Ron Peterson) were honored at a special event. During the course of his 24-year Hopkins career, Lehar has given at least 114 units of blood. That doesn’t include emergency blood donations immediately after 9/11, for patients undergoing surgery or for other blood drives at his church or kids’ school. A native of South Africa, Lehar, who is about to turn 60, has a rare blood type—B positive. He says that since his high school days, he’s felt compelled to donate blood: “The need is dire, and it’s so easy to give.” Blood drive or not, Lehar rolls up his sleeve every 56 days. A marathon runner who clocks five to six miles every day, Lehar says he hopes he can stay well enough to donate blood for the rest of life. For information on drives, contact johnshopkinsblooddrive@jhmi.edu.

 

 

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