Meet the 'man with the golden arm' who saved 2.4 million babies

Meet the 'man with the golden arm' who saved 2.4 million babies

Doctors found it contained an antibody which could be used to create the life-saving "Anti-D" injections.

"Medications like Anti-D are a life-giving intervention for thousands of Australian mums, but they are only available because men like James give blood". He is estimated to have saved the lives of 2.4 million babies in Australia.

According to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Harrison has made almost 1,100 blood donations throughout his lifetime and has saved the lives of over 2.4 million Australian babies. This could lead to a woman's next baby suffering from hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN), as the fetus' red blood cells get rejected due to incompatibility of blood type between mother and child.

The Blood Solution is likewise today releasing a require even more male benefactors to adhere to in Mr Harrison's footprints.

Using plasma extracted from Harrison's blood, doctors devised the Anti-D injection, which was first given in 1967 to a pregnant woman at Australia's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. "Every batch of the life-saving Anti-D that has been made in Australia has come from James' blood". "He has saved millions of babies".

Aussie James Harrison has donated 1,117 bags of blood, which contains an antibody used to help treat babies with Rhesus disease, a form of anaemia, which affects babies while they're in the womb and can be fatal.

"Probably my only talent is that I can be a blood donor", Harrison remarked wryly to CNN in 2015, when the network followed him as he made his 1101st donation that year.

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"That's the other rare thing about James", Falkenmire explained in her interview with CNN.

The affectionate nickname comes from homage to the Australian senior's astonishing blood donor track record and the game-changing effect that his donations have had on his country. "He doesn't think he's remarkable". In 1999, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for decades-long service.

"To say I am proud of James (my dad) is an understatement", Harrison's daughter, Tracey Mellowship, wrote on Facebook last month, noting she had needed an Anti-D injection in 1992, after the birth of her first son. Experts also believe that his blood is unique because after he had a lung removed at the age of 14, he was pumped with 13 units of blood.

"We'll never see his kind again", Barlow told the Sydney Morning Herald.

When most of the people retire, they are presented with a gold watch.

"They asked me to be a guinea pig, and I've been donating ever since", Mr. Harrison said.

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