“Man With The Golden Arm” Saves 2 Million Babies, Hitting 1,000 Blood Donations
March 25, 2010
Australia (ChattahBox) – A man who has been nicknamed the “Man with the Golden Arm” is set to hit 1,000 blood donations this year, and the blood already taken has been estimated to have saved an incredible two million babies.
James Harrison began donating his blood at the age of 18, after a transfusion four years earlier saved his life.
Now, at the age of 74, Harrison has given his blood an incredible 984, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. He will be taking the needle for the thousandth time this year.
But what makes this an even more incredible story is not just his generosity, but what is in his blood to begin with.
Harrison has a rare antibody in his blood, which is crucial for the fight against Rhesus disease in infants. Rhesus is a form of anemia that affects one in ten babies with Rhesus negative mothers. While the symptoms can at times be mild, it can also be deadly in more rare cases.
Two million babies suffering from the more deadly form of Rhesus have been saved, thanks to Harrison’s donations, as well as his work with doctors and researchers to help find a treatment. They are currently working their way towards a cure.