Just found this interesting article browsing through the internet… thought some good news would be needed to cheer people up on a gloomy winter afternoon…

An Australian man, James Harrison, 74, who has been donating his extremely rare kind of blood for 56 years has saved the lives of more than two million babies.

 

 

  • He has an antibody in his plasma that stops babies dying from Rhesus disease, a form of severe anaemia.
  • He has enabled countless mothers to give birth to healthy babies, including his own daughter, Tracey, who had a healthy son thanks to her father’s blood.
  • Mr Harrison has been giving blood every few weeks since he was 18 years old and has now racked up a total of 984 donations.
  • His blood has since led to the development of a vaccine called Anti-D.
  • When he started donating, his blood was deemed so special his life was insured for one million Australian dollars.
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