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'Man with the golden arm' saves 2million babies in 1/2 century of donating rare type of blood
Mail Online ^ | March 22, 2010

Posted on 03/22/2010 6:21:24 AM PDT by NYer

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

James Harrison, 74, 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.

When he started donating, his blood was deemed so special his life was insured for one million Australian dollars.

He was also nicknamed the 'man with the golden arm' or the 'man in two million'.

His blood has since led to the development of a vaccine called Anti-D.

He said: 'I've never thought about stopping. Never.' He made a pledge to be a donor aged 14 after undergoing major chest surgery in which he needed 13 litres of blood.

'I was in hospital for three months,' he said. 'The blood I received saved my life so I made a pledge to give blood when I was 18.'

Just after he started donating he was found to have the rare and life-saving antibody in his blood.

At the time, thousands of babies in Australia were dying each year of Rhesus disease. Other newborns suffered permanent brain damage because of the condition.

The disease creates an incompatibility between the mother's blood and her unborn baby's blood. It stems from one having Rh-positive blood and the other Rh-negative.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blood; harrison; moralabsolutes; prolife; rhesus; rhesusdisease

Mr Harrison, dubbed 'the man with the golden arm', is still donating every few weeks at the age of 74. He is thought to have saved 2.2million babies
1 posted on 03/22/2010 6:21:24 AM PDT by NYer
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah
After his blood type was discovered, Mr Harrison volunteered to undergo a series of tests to help develop the Anti-D vaccine.

God bless this selfless man! How many others might have taken advantage of this gift, for profit. Finally, a "good news" story.

2 posted on 03/22/2010 6:22:39 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer; 185JHP; 230FMJ; Albion Wilde; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; An American In Dairyland; ...
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3 posted on 03/22/2010 6:25:13 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: NYer

Wow. What a good man, bless his heart.


4 posted on 03/22/2010 6:25:40 AM PDT by FreedomFerret
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To: NYer
In the meantime, this American has a different view of babies.


5 posted on 03/22/2010 6:25:46 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg)
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To: NYer

I SO needed this story today!

As my dad would say, he’s “got a front row seat in Heaven”.


6 posted on 03/22/2010 6:26:15 AM PDT by homegroan (*Vote Kitteh & Squirrel 2012*!....ILLIGITIMA NON CARBORUNDUM..... -that's 4U Dad!))
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To: NYer

What an amazing man.


7 posted on 03/22/2010 6:26:28 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer
A very heartening story.The pain he repeatedly experiences along with the various kinds of inconvenience make his a very commendable attitude.
8 posted on 03/22/2010 6:26:28 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: NYer

I am in an extremely poisonous mood after the Socialist Health Care bill was rammed down our throats last night.

Thank you for posting this uplifting story. It made me smile, if only for a minute.


9 posted on 03/22/2010 6:28:13 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: wagglebee; NYer

Thanks for the ping/for posting this. On this dreary, dismal day this story is a wonderful thing.


10 posted on 03/22/2010 6:28:25 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

What a great story! My daughter and I had this problem. I had no idea how serious it was. I just got the shot and no worries. Thank you Mr. Harrison!!!


11 posted on 03/22/2010 6:29:13 AM PDT by TexasBeth
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To: NYer

Very nice. I was born with this condition in Denver, CO and needed a complete transfusion at birth. One scary thing was it was in 1974 that was about the time aids really started.


12 posted on 03/22/2010 6:29:49 AM PDT by pennyfarmer (Your Socialist Beat our Liberal)
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To: NYer

Stupak wiped out 2 mill..so back to even.


13 posted on 03/22/2010 6:30:41 AM PDT by GUNGAGALUNGA (Democratus Suckus Teatus is the Latin root for Democrat and it means to tax)
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To: GUNGAGALUNGA

Who will replace him? I wonder who out there has this rare anitbody.


14 posted on 03/22/2010 6:35:45 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

A “good news” break and reminder of the purpose of life - to share our gifts with others.


15 posted on 03/22/2010 6:36:43 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: Oldexpat

“His blood has since led to the development of a vaccine called Anti-D.”


16 posted on 03/22/2010 6:37:21 AM PDT by TexasBeth
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To: NYer

Thank God for men like this.


17 posted on 03/22/2010 6:40:15 AM PDT by clintonh8r (I love my country. I hate...HATE!!...my government.)
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To: Oldexpat

The next time my doc (if he hasn’t quit) takes blood I’m going to ask him to test for it.


18 posted on 03/22/2010 6:41:53 AM PDT by clintonh8r (I love my country. I hate...HATE!!...my government.)
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To: Oldexpat; clintonh8r
Who will replace him? I wonder who out there has this rare anitbody

There are others. The bigger question, however, is how many, if any, are willing to share their blood with their brothers and sisters.

19 posted on 03/22/2010 6:42:39 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

Thank you, NYer. It is all too easy at times to forget what is really important.


20 posted on 03/22/2010 6:45:18 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer


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.

I know Reagan said it about the US Marine Corps, but this is also
a guy who doesn’t need to wonder if he has made a difference in
this world.


21 posted on 03/22/2010 6:45:52 AM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA
I know Reagan said it about the US Marine Corps, but this is also a guy who doesn’t need to wonder if he has made a difference in this world.

Exactly!

22 posted on 03/22/2010 6:47:49 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Gay State Conservative


A very heartening story.

Agreed. Even touches a curmuddgeon (sp?) like myself.


The pain he repeatedly experiences along with the various kinds of
inconvenience make his a very commendable attitude.

Well, I don’t know if they do the same as here at some blood drives
in the USA...but I’d say “Give that man a cup of orange juice!”


23 posted on 03/22/2010 6:48:17 AM PDT by VOA
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To: NYer

this demands a Feature Film! What a story.


24 posted on 03/22/2010 6:50:05 AM PDT by lmc12
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To: NYer

This man needs to be advised that he can perpetuate this ability by doing a bone marrow transplant with other people.
The recipients of his bone marrow will have his very own marrow cells reproducing his rare blood type.


25 posted on 03/22/2010 6:55:05 AM PDT by kruss3 (Kruss3@gmail.com)
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To: NYer

Thank you Mr. Harrison. You helped my children.


26 posted on 03/22/2010 7:00:23 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: VOA
Well, I don’t know if they do the same as here at some blood drives in the USA...but I’d say “Give that man a cup of orange juice!”

If I was that guy and had blood that was *that* valuable I'd demand a juicy sirloin steak after each donation.Plus a limo to and from the donation center! ;-)

27 posted on 03/22/2010 7:08:25 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: NYer

God has blessed this man. I give whenever my time comes up, but to be able to do something like he has is amazing.


28 posted on 03/22/2010 7:33:48 AM PDT by zeugma (Proofread a page a day: http://www.pgdp.net/)
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We had this problem in the 70s,I am RH pos, my wife is RH neg. Our first child was born with the same RH factor as my wife,so no problem. Our second child was RH pos. Our third child was again RH pos. My wife was closely watched by her doctor during this pregnancy.

When the baby was born he was immediately sent to Walter Reed via helicopter and over the course of the next month received 3 complete blood transfusions as well as 24 hours a day under special lighting.

The shot has to be given immediately after the birth of a child with differing Rh factors from the mother, it keeps her from developing antigens. although the shot was available after our 2nd child, the doctor did not give it to my wife.

After the 3rd child we had my wives tubes tied, we were told another child with a pos Rh would probably kill my wife and the baby. That child today is a Lieutenant in the Navy currently in Naval Post Grad School in Monterrey Calif.

29 posted on 03/22/2010 8:24:34 AM PDT by flyover
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To: homegroan

Talk about a guy who has a seat in first class!
Awsome story. I needed this type of article too.


30 posted on 03/22/2010 8:28:06 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: TigersEye

Uplifting story. Which I think we all need about now.


31 posted on 03/22/2010 1:19:00 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (timendi causa est nescire)
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To: pandoraou812
He is a good man let there be no doubt.

FWIW I don't need to be uplifted, pandy. I have been on the side of America from the beginning. It's the un-American anti-American trash that brought us a commie government that need uplifting. ;-)

32 posted on 03/22/2010 1:25:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (Down a lazy river ...)
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To: MuttTheHoople
this American has a different view of babies

American?

33 posted on 03/22/2010 2:09:23 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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