He donated blood every week for 60 years and saved the lives of 2.4 million babies
POSTED 6:30 PM, MAY 11, 2018, BY CNN WIRE
- James Harrison, known as the “Man With the Golden Arm,” has donated blood nearly every week for 60 years.
By Doug Criss, CNN
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Most people, when they retire, get a gold watch. James Harrison deserves so much more than that.
Harrison, known as the “Man With the Golden Arm,” has donated blood nearly every week for 60 years. After all those donations, the 81-year-old Australian man “retired” Friday. The occasion marked the end of a monumental chapter.
According to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, he has helped saved the lives of more than 2.4 million Australian babies.
First, a note about antibodies
Harrison’s blood has unique, disease-fighting antibodies that have been used to develop an injection called Anti-D, which helps fight against rhesus disease.
This disease is a condition where a pregnant woman’s blood actually starts attacking her unborn baby’s blood cells. In the worst cases, it can result in brain damage, or death, for the babies.
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An amazing contribution to humanity.
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