This Man’s Blood saved Millions of Babies: the Man with the golden arm

This man in Australia saved the lives of more than 2 million babies by donating his special blood.

In fact , hist special blood contains a blood plasma whose unusual composition has been used to make a treatment for Rhesus disease.

James Harrison, the Man with the golden arm, has made over 1137 donations throughout his lifetime, and these donations are estimated to have saved over 2.4 million babies from Rhesus disease.

But why exactly this man’s blood is special ?

The 81-year-old man had a major chest surgery at the age of 14 , requiring 13 liters of blood , as a consequence of such a huge blood transfusion, his immune system developed strong and persistent antibodies used as a remedy against the Rhesus disease.

But What is the Rhesus Disease?

The Rhesus Disease happens sometimes when a pregnant woman has a blood type negative but the fetus is blood type positive.

When the baby blood cells leak into the mother’s bloodstream, the mother’s immune system sees the baby blood cells as foreigner and makes antibodies again them, which may lead to illness or death of newborns.

 

Harrison was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 7 June 1999 and he was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2011.

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