Man Donated Enough Blood To Save 2 Million Children

An 81-year-old Man Saved 2.4 Million Babies By Donating His Rare Blood

Australia was one of the first countries to discover a blood donor with this antibody, so it was revolutionary at the time.

It's not just the high number of donations that makes Harrison's story so noteworthy.

Harrison's blood can help women and unborn babies with Rh incompatibility. They realized they could administer Anti-D to mothers and save the babies. The drug is given to pregnant women whose blood is at risk of attacking their child in the womb, CBS News reports. That's a unsafe condition that develops when a woman has rhesus-negative blood (RhD negative) and has a baby in her womb with RhD positive blood.

If she is pregnant with an RhD-positive baby, the antibodies can cross the placenta, causing rhesus disease in the unborn baby. Without the medication, the next baby could contract hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, known as HDN or HDFN, which can be deadly. "Women were having miscarriages and babies were being born with brain damage".

Rh-negative moms with Rh-positive babies can take a medicine to prevent HDN.

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If the mother has been sensitized to rhesus-positive blood, usually during a previous pregnancy with an rhesus-positive baby, she may produce antibodies that destroy the baby's "foreign" blood cells.

Many women are given doses at the 28th week of pregnancy and again within 72 hours of giving birth, the Stanford Children's Health website adds.

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Bags of donated blood plasma.

The Blood Solution is likewise today releasing a require even more male benefactors to adhere to in Mr Harrison's footprints.

Doctors aren't exactly sure why Harrison has this rare blood type, but they think it might be from the transfusions he received when he was 14, after his surgery.

At the moment, only 200 donors are qualified for the Anti-D program, though Australian Red Cross Blood Service officials are hoping more people will be eligible for their program going forward. James Harrison deserves so much more than that.

The man who saved millions of lives through his blood has given his last donation.

One of the countless mothers he has helped over the decades is Joy Barnes, who works at the Red Cross Blood Bank in Sydney. On Friday, Harrison made his final donation, as he reached the maximum allowable age for donors in Australia.

If you want to become a blood donor, visit the American Red Cross website and search for a blood drive near you.

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