Man forced to retire golden arm after saving 2.4 million lives [watch]

Man forced to retire golden arm after saving 2.4 million lives [watch]

Man forced to retire golden arm after saving 2.4 million lives [watch]

James Harrison has donated blood for 60 years, but unlike most donors, his blood contains a precious antibody that is used to make a lifesaving medication called Anti-D. It’s given to mothers whose blood is at risk of attacking their unborn babies. The 81-year-old, affectionately called the “man with the golden arm,” has thus helped save the babies of more than 2.4 million women and babies by donating blood more than 1,100 times.

On Friday, he made his final donation, having reached the maximum age allowed for Australian donors. “I hope it’s a record that somebody breaks, because it will mean they are dedicated to the cause,” Harrison said. In 1999, he received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his life’s dedication. “His kindness leaves a remarkable legacy,” the Australian Red Cross said. (NPR)

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