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Hirohito Transfusion Cut Short

From Reuters

Doctors cut short a second blood transfusion today for Japan’s ailing Emperor Hirohito for fear it was putting too great a strain on his heart, palace officials said.

The 87-year-old emperor, who collapsed on Sept. 19 and has been suffering from internal bleeding believed related to pancreatic cancer, received 115 cc of blood before doctors discontinued the transfusion because his pulse rate began to rise dangerously high, officials said. Earlier in the day he had received a 200-cc transfusion.


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