Viral Facebook Post About Maltese Baby With Cancer Urgently Needing Blood Is Fake
But the country's blood reserve is still running dangerously low
A post which has been circulating all over Facebook today urging people in Malta to go donate blood, particularly Type B Negative, has been confirmed as fake. The post, which said the blood is urgently needed to help save the life of a nine-month-old baby with cancer, was shared in a couple of different versions. Lovin Malta reached out to the National Blood Transfusion Service, who confirmed that the story isn't true.
"The story is utterly false," said a representative at the National Blood Transfusion Service, who said he had seen the post being shared on Facebook a couple of times himself.
Lovin Malta also reached out to Puttinu Cares, who were mentioned in the Facebook post, for a confirmation. And while we were unable to get through to them, one Facebook user explained that, when she called them, Puttinu Cares explained that the post was actually from six years ago.
However, while this story might be fake, or very old, that does not take away from the fact that the current national blood reserve is running long. In fact, just yesterday, the NBTS posted an urgent appeal for blood donations, particularly those of Type O Positive and A Positive.
So while there thankfully isn't a nine-month-old baby with cancer urgently waiting for B Negative type blood, there are a lot more other patients who could really do with your donation. If you had to take some time out of your day to go donate blood, it would go a really long way for those who really need it.