May 29, 2018

Positivity: He donated blood every week for 60 years and saved the lives of 2.4 million babies

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Australia, via (original May 12 story is at CNN):

MAY 18, 2018 6:24 PM

When James Harrison was 14 years old, he underwent a major surgery that required blood donations to sustain his life.

Afterward, at that young age, Harrison decided that he would begin donating his blood to help others in need, CNN reports.

More than 60 years later, the Australian man has been declared a national hero for donating blood nearly every week of his life and saving millions of babies’ lives. He is known as the “Man with the Golden Arm.”

Last week, Harrison made his last donation before the country’s age cutoff of 81, according to the report.

His unique blood type made the donations even more vitally important. According to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, only about 50 other people in Australia are known to have the same type.

“Every bag of blood is precious, but James’ blood is particularly extraordinary. His blood is actually used to make a life-saving medication, given to moms whose blood is at risk of attacking their unborn babies. Every batch of Anti-D that has ever been made in Australia has come from James’ blood,” said Jemma Falkenmire of the Red Cross. “And more than 17 percent of women in Australia are at risk, so James has helped save a lot of lives.”

The organization estimated Harrison’s donations have helped save more than 2.4 million babies’ lives.

His donations even helped save one of his grandsons. …

Go here for the rest of the story.


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