How One Man's Blood Donations Save The Lives Of Over 2 Million Babies

Jun 14, 2015 By Christi Mulligan
How many people can say they have saved 2 million people (or more)? I would venture to say, there aren't many. James Harrison is one person that can safely say he's saved millions. As a young teen, Harrison's life was saved by a transfusion. He vowed on that day to do the same for someone else when he was old enough to donate his blood. Who would have ever thought one man could save so many by simply donating plasma?

Once he donated, doctors realized that his blood carried the antibody needed to fight Rhesus Disease. Most commonly called the Rh factor (Rh-positive or Rh-negative), the issue occurs when an Rh-negative pregnant mother has a Rh-positive baby in the womb. When this happens, the woman's body senses immediately if Rh-positive blood is present and, in response, creates antibodies. Those antibodies cross through the placenta, attacking the unborn child.
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