In the 90's - the article I mention from the WSJ touches on it - there was still the HIV scare - and much news questioning how safe the nations blood supplies was - especially in the early 90's.
I'm not in the Health profession - but anyone can and should do their research on blood transfusions - complications and serious reactions are not uncommon.
Now with drugs readily used to increase RBC production and volume expanders for blood - transfusions are more and more for last ditch emergencies. Nordic countries and European countries are making huge strides in no-blood treatments. There are hospitals that entirely specialize in no-blood treatment and surgeries.
A blood transfusion by a doctor because a patient is moderately anemic is going out with the dinasaurs.
Daily: 100mg Immuron, 6x400mg Asacol.
Monthly: inject 400ml CIMZIA
Currently on 40ml Prednisone for 2 weeks
Received series of Iron infussion
5-lac Probiotic, Starting VSL-3, Spinach and Sunflowerseed Diet (not working for me)
Omega Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Oil of Oregano, daily vitamins, strictly no alcohol.