74-year-old Australian saved 2.2 million babies
74-year-old Australian saved 2.2 million babies with hemolytic disease with his blood
74-year-old James Harrison has been saving babies for over 56 years thanks to the rare properties of his blood. The fact is that it has antibodies in the blood plasma that allow it to fight hemolytic disease of the newborn.
Hemolytic disease of newborns is a disease that develops when the blood of the mother and fetus is incompatible with different systems of blood groups, more often with the Rh factor. The disease develops in a child in the presence of Rh incompatibility of the blood of the mother or father (the mother is Rh-negative, the father is Rh-positive). In this case, the fetus may inherit the Rh factor from the Rh-positive father, which leads to the development of anemia in the child.
James Harrison has Rh-negative blood. When he was introduced to Rh-positive, it turned out that his plasma can cope with Rh incompatibility.So, both women and children were given his plasma to be administered after birth to stop the development of anemia. In total, 2.2 million children were saved thanks to his blood.
By the way, Mr. Harrison began to donate blood from 18 years. At the moment he has donated blood 984 times already. At the same time, blood is considered so valuable that his life was insured for 1 million Australian dollars, and people began to call him "the man with the golden hand". Also, the doctors managed, using the blood of Mr. Harrison, to develop a vaccine "Anti-D".