Mr James Harrison has helped save the lives of 2.4 million babies.
The 81-year-old’s plasma contains a potent antibody used to create a remarkable treatment known as Anti-D that protects unborn babies from the potentially deadly Rhesus D Haemolytic Disease (HDN).
On Friday, after more than 60 years and 1173 donations, Mr Harrison made his final benefaction, shares SMH.
“It’s a sad day for me. The end of a long run,” Mr Harrison says as his blood flows from the crook of his right arm to the plasmapheresis machine at the Town Hall Donor Centre.
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“Every ampule of Anti-D ever made in Australia has James in it,” said Robyn Barlow the Rh program coordinator who recruited James, the program’s first donor.
“Since the very first mother received her dose at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1967.
“It’s an enormous thing … He has saved millions of babies. I cry just thinking about it,” she said.
Almost every week, the 81-year-old dubbed “the man with the golden arm” has donated 500-800ml of blood plasma.
He retires with 1162 donations from his right arm and 10 from his left.
What an awesome man.
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