Friday, May 11, 2018

"He donated blood every week for 60 years and saved the lives of 2.4 million babies"

CNN:

Harrison's remarkable gift of giving started when he had major chest surgery when he was just 14, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service said.

Blood donations saved his life, so he pledged to become a blood donor.

A few years later, doctors discovered his blood contained the antibody which could be used to create Anti-D injections, so he switched over to making blood plasma donations to help as many people as possible.

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.

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"In Australia, up until about 1967, there were literally thousands of babies dying each year, doctors didn't know why