Parisians donating blood en mass in terror attacks aftermath
Mayhem and carnage visited the heart of Europe last night as co-ordinated ISIS-claimed attacks left at least 127 dead and hundreds injured.
But civilians rocked by the second atrocity to hit Paris in the space of a year are now leading the drive for blood donations across social media and opening up their homes to stranded citizens using hastags #DonDusang #PorteOuverte.
The French Blood Transfusion service has received thousands of offers of donations, and many hospitals are now asking people to return later on in the day because the sheer outpouring of support has overwhelmed services.
Notre tweet rediffusé par Préfet de Toulon. Solidarité nationale. Merci à vous https://t.co/DpJSKSXeLr— Don du Sang Paris (@DonSangParis) 14 ноября 2015
Queues of several hours are being reported at Pompidou Hospital in the south west of the capital.
Meanwhile, images have emerged of large crowds gathering outside a medical center opposite the Le Petit Cambodge restaurant where at least 14 people were shot dead.
Long line of people queuing to give blood at hospital opposite Le Petit Cambodge restaurant. https://t.co/b1RTHsRTB3— Tim Chester (@timchester) 14 ноября 2015
Queue of people waiting to give blood opposite the restaurants where 14 died pic.twitter.com/UA49NCR9TQ— Robert Nisbet (@RobNisbetSky) 14 ноября 2015
There are more than 20 facilities taking blood donations across the French capital, they include the Trinité Hospital, Saint-Louis, Hospital Lariboisiére and the Saint-Antoine Crozatier medical centre.