Meet James Harrison, the Man Whose Extremely Rare Blood Has Saved Millions of Babies’ Lives.
Known as “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Australian born, James has a very special type of blood. The plasma contains an antibody that cures babies of Rhesus disease, a severe form of anemia. He has been donating blood nearly every week for the past 60 years since he was 18 years old, totaling well over 1000 donations.
His initial motivation for donating was his own major chest surgery at age 14 for which he needed 13 liters of blood. It was then James pledged, that when he was 18, the legal age for donating blood in Australia, he would give back.
Just after he began donating, the rare antibody in his blood was discovered. Doctors called him in. His blood, they said, could be the answer to a deadly problem. Go to Next Page for the video of his story.