Radijah can't give blood for J Capri - Deejaay turned away as doctors refuses his donation

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December 04, 2015
Contributed Radijah stands outside the National Blood Trasfusion Service after he was turned away
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Dancehall artiste Radijah was in for a surprise when he went to the National Blood Transfusion Service to donate blood for artiste J Capri.

He did not know that if you have had a tattoo in the last 12 months, you can't give blood. His donation was refused by officials..

"I really wanted to give blood for J Capri because she is an artiste, like me, but I was shocked when they told me that I couldn't give blood because I had got a tattoo in the past 12 months.

"I guess they must have their reasons, but this is the 21st century. Why can't they just do a test to see if everything is right, so I can give blood?" he asked.

"At Christmas time, it is critical that members of the public come forward and give blood because we have a lot of accidents and other tragedies at this time, so even though I can't give, I want to encourage others to give."

J Capri, 23, given name Jordan Phillips, was hospitalised two Sundays ago after her vehicle overturned. Reports are that the car she was driving slammed into a wall in Barbican Square about 3 a.m. She was rushed to hospital following the collision.

A doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity said: "Although tattooing and piercing are much safer than some medical professionals like to indicate, there is still always a chance of getting and carrying a disease, unknowingly, especially Hepatitis."

"If you should happen to contract a disease from a tattoo or piercing, it should show up in a screening after 12 months, which is the reason for the waiting period," he said.

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