- After six decades of being a donor, James Harrison gives his last blood donation
- ‘The Man With the Golden Arm’ was able to save 2.4 million babies over the years
- His final donation was the 1,173rd time he donated blood
After six decades of being a blood donor, James Harrison gives his 1,173rd and final donation.
On YouTube, ABC Television Stations uploaded a report about The Man With the Golden Arm‘s last donation; after reaching the legally mandated cutoff age for giving blood in his country.
Harrison, who was able to save more than 2.4 million babies over the years, has plasma that contains a rare antibody that goes into Anti-D; a lifesaving medication used to protect unborn babies from a potentially deadly blood incompatibly with their pregnant mothers.
“It gives you goosebumps, but it was sad in a way, because it was the end of an era. I’d rather keep doing it, but I was told I had to get out when I turned 81,” he told Today.
And since the first Australian mother received her first treatment of Anti-D at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1967, Harrison’s plasma has been used in every dose.
Why did he donate that long?
“My life was saved by blood donation that’s why I became a donor myself,” he shared.
“I just hope that more people become blood donors. Get out there roll up your sleeves, put in a needle in your arm and save someone’s life,” he urges everyone.
He is such an inspiration to the world.