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Lifesaving Blood Donors from WWII: Coconuts?!

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  • Lifesaving Blood Donors from WWII: Coconuts?!

    During World War II it was discovered that coconut water (not to be confused with coconut milk) is the perfect substitute for human blood plasma. It is isotonic to our own blood, has the right electrolytes, and won't be rejected by the body. If taken straight from the coconut it's also sterile. War doctors soon began tapping the fluid from coconuts and using it for plasma transfusions. Surprisingly, this treatment was (and remains) highly successful.

    Who knew?

    Links for more info:


    Medical resources routinely used for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients may be limited in remote regions of the world. When faced with these shortages, physicians have had to improvise with the available resources, or simply do without. We report the successful use of coconut water as a short-term intravenous hydration fluid for a Solomon Island patient, a laboratory analysis of the local coconuts, and a review of previously documented intravenous coconut use.

    Go Coconuts!

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