Syrian blood donor sets national record with 170 donations

June 16, 2010

A Syrian national has donated blood 170 times, setting a national record.

“I have always believed in donating blood as a human duty and I see it as an important role in saving patients’ lives,” Ali Mahmoud Suleiman, 50,  said, quoted by the official Syrian News Agency (SANA) on Wednesday.

Ali said that he had a good health and hemoglobin and that his diet depended mainly on lunch with light breakfast and dinner.

Ali donated blood 14 times in 1982 and 12 times in the next year. In 2002, he underwent two surgeries after damaging his backbone in a car accident, SANA said.

He seeks to enter Guinness Book of World Records and set new blood donation record.

He was honoured in his hometown Homs, in central Syria, during a celebration to mark World Blood Donor Day.

Indian media this week paid tribute to 64-year-old Gabaruddin as a true life saver with a record of at least 160 blood donations to his credit.

Gabaruddin is among the eight ‘centurions’, or those who donated blood more than 100 times, honoured by Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on World Blood Donors Day.

According to the Red Cross Society, Gabaruddin has donated blood 160 times, but he claims that the number of donations is 180.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
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  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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