30 Sep 2014

Australian man has saved over 2.4 million babies by donating his rare blood type for the past 60 years.

Australian James Harrison has been called the “man with the golden arm” for some time now and it’s because he’s kind of incredible. At age 14, he needed to get a lifesaving chest surgery and  required 13 liters of blood to survive. After seeing the impact of blood donations, Harrison was committed to donate blood as soon as he turned 18. And boy did he donate… 
Upon donating, Harrison discovered he had an extremely rare antibody in his blood, a makeup of plasma so unique that it holds the cure to rhesus disease, a severe form of anaemia that causes either death or brain damage for newborns.
Researchers were amazed by his blood and its ability to save lives, so they insured his life for a million dollars. His blood has been used to create life-saving injections to combat rhesus.  It was  even used to help save his own daughter’s child. He’s now 77 and he’s been donating blood every couple weeks for the past 59 years totaling over 1000 blood donations. All of his donations have saved an estimated 2.4 MILLION babies that would’ve suffered from the rhesus condition. 
He’s never thought about stopping. He even donates when he’s on vacation! His superhero level of kindness and selflessness gained recognition by the entire nation of Australia when he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, one of the highest honors given to citizens that have performed an extraordinary service. 


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