June 10, 2015 / renostonehill
James Harrison’s blood maybe the most valuable blood on the planet. The native of Australia be become known as the “Man With the Golden Arm”
The 78-year-old possesses an extremely rare type antibody’s that is used to create a vaccine for Rhesus disease.
When he was 14, Harrison had his lung removed in a life-saving operation involving 13 liters of blood from strangers.
This inspired him to become a donor as soon as he turned 18.
Doctors later informed Harrison he had an antibody in his blood that could be used to develop a treatment for a sweeping disease. Since then Harrison has given over 1,1o0 donation of blood. Helping stop a disease that has affected up to 17% of women in Australia.
Jemma Falkenmire of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service told CNN,
Rhesus disease, occurs when a pregnant woman has Rhesus-negative blood and her unborn child has inherited Rhesus-positive blood from his or her father.In Australia, up until about 1967, there were literally thousands of babies dying each year, doctors didn’t know why, and it was awful. Women were having numerous miscarriages and babies were being born with brain damage.
Antibodies in the mother’s blood attack the blood cells of the baby, who then faces brain damage or even death.
But with the help of Harrison’s plasma, doctors were able to create Anti-D, an injection that stops pregnant woman with Rhesus-negative blood from developing the hazardous antibodies.
The treatment is credited with saving the lives of over two million babies.
Now known as “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Harrison has donated blood nearly every week for the past 60 years.Every batch of Anti-D that has ever been made in Australia has come from James’ blood. And more than 17 percent of women in Australia are at risk, so James has helped save a lot of lives.
Among the recipients of Anti-D is Harrison’s daughter Tracey; she was injected after having her first son.
Harrison’s arm was insured for about $768,370 during the initial donations.
What makes him even more admirable, however, is how squeamish he is toward the donation process.
Despite donating over 1,000 times, Harrison says he never watches the needle enter his arm.I can’t stand the sight of blood, and I can’t stand pain.
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