The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

In 1951, 14-year-old James Harrison from Australia woke up after a serious operation. The doctors removed one of his lungs, and he had to stay in the hospital for the next three months. During this time, James learned that he survived largely due to the fact that he had a lot of donated blood. Then he swore that he himself would become a donor.

Previously, Australian laws required donors to be at least 18 years old, so the guy had to wait another 4 years. But Harrison kept his word.

It soon became clear that his blood contained an unusually strong and resistant antibody to the R-factor antigen. James’s blood was so unique that his life was insured for one million dollars.

On the basis of his blood plasma, a serum was created which, when administered by a Rh-negative woman pregnant with a Rh-positive baby, prevents the development of antibodies to fetal blood and, thus, hemolytic jaundice of the newborn.

Harrison gave his plasma on average every three weeks for 60 years. In May 2011, he passed it for the thousandth time, which was a world record. Until 2015, all anti-rhesus drugs in Australia were made from James plasma.


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  • The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood

    The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood The man with the golden hand, who saved the lives of 2.4 million children, for the last time donated blood