Man with Golden Arm

James Harrison, Blood Plasma Donor from Australia.

James Harrison was born on 27 December 1936.  At the age of 14, he underwent major chest surgery, requiring 13 litres of blood. After surgery, he was in the hospital for three months. Realizing the blood had saved his life, he made a pledge to start donating blood as soon as he turned 18, the then-required age.

Harrison started donating in 1954 and after the first few donations it was discovered that his blood contained unusually strong and a rare antibody called Rho(D) Immune Globulin. This was the only cure available for treating Rhesus disease in unborn children.
Knowing that his blood is very rare, he donated blood plasma regularly. His donations were estimated to have helped save over 2.4 million babies, with pregnant women, including his own daughter Tracey, being treated with his antibodies

As blood plasma, in contrast to blood, can be donated as often as once every 2 weeks. Till date, he donated 1077 times and holds a Guinness record in his name.

He is 77 years old and in no position to donate.

“I could say it’s the only record that I hope is broken, because if they do, they have donated a thousand donations”.

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