His blood saved 2 million children

His blood saved 2 million children
His blood saved 2 million children
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74-year-old Australian has been donating blood regularly for the past 56 years. He saved the lives of over 2 million children.

His blood saved 2 million children

74-year-old Australian has saved the lives of more than 2 million children

James Harrison has an unusually rare type of blood, so this man has been an active donor for 56 consecutive years. The antibodies contained in its blood save babies from hemolytic disease of the newborn, which often leads children to death. Thanks to James's help, a huge number of he althy children were born, including his own grandson.

Harrison donates his blood every two to three weeks starting at the age of 18. Now the number of transfusions is approaching 1,000. When Harrison first began his career as a donor, his blood was so highly valued that it was insured for 1 million Australian dollars. Today he is called "the man with the golden hand" and "the man with two million". It was James's blood that became the basis for creating a vaccine called Anti-D.

Shortly after James became a donor, experts discovered rare antibodies in his blood. At that time, thousands of Australian children were dying of hemolytic disease, others suffered severe brain damage. Harrison's blood helped create the Anti-D vaccine, which has saved millions of lives.

James himself does not like to call himself a hero or a savior. “One thing I like about this story is my insurance,” the man jokes. - When I die, my Barbara will not be left without a livelihood. But seriously, I am very glad to be able to help people. Isn't that the meaning of our life?”

Source:The Daily Telegraph

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