His life, the Australian government decided to insure for one million dollars
80-year-old James Harrison, also known as “the man with the Golden blood,” is known all over the world that saved more than two million children.
And his blood actually weight in gold, because it contains special antibodies that are able to cope with the problem of the conflict are different RH factors in the mother and child.
At the age of fourteen years, James Harrison (James Harrison) was in the hospital, where he underwent surgery on the thoracic cage, put about a hundred stitches and poured a total of nearly 13 liters of blood. It blood helped James to survive. He was in the hospital for three months and when it finally discharged, the guy decided to return the favor: James decided that as soon as he will be able to donate blood, you must do it to save someone’s life, just as at the time unknown people saved his own life.
After James turned 18, he became a regular blood and plasma. “At that time I literally lived with the expectation that soon it will be possible to donate blood, right after the surgery. I didn’t know how many people gave blood so I could survive, I never met them, I didn’t know their names”.
Pretty soon James was invited to the hospital for a chat. It turned out that his blood contained an unusually strong and persistent antibody to the antigen D of the RH factor. These antibodies play a vital role in the survival of children who have different RH factors with her mother. If the mother Rh negative and baby is positive, and wherein the antibodies in the blood of the mother is more active than that of her child, the mother’s blood literally begins to attack the blood of the baby while it is still in the womb.
The consequence of such a reaction can be the development of hemolytic jaundice in neonates, and loss of the fetus. However, antibodies found in the blood of James, helped to create a serum that, when introduced into the mother’s blood, helping to prevent the development of antibodies in the blood of the fetus, thereby preventing many problems.
Doctors believe that the antibodies could appear in the blood of James Harrison after he himself had received a blood transfusion after surgery in adolescence. Anyway, he was the first donor to the plasma, on the basis of which was created the vaccine Rho (D) immune globulin. His blood helped to save lives, so his own life, the Australian government decided to insure for one million dollars.
“I was ready and wanted to return the favor, says James Harrison. And I am a blood donor for more than 60 years.” Harrison handed over their plasma on average every three weeks, and in may 2011 he passed her a thousand times, thus making a real record, which was recorded in the Guinness book of Records.
Serum, created on the basis of the blood of James, helped to save more than two million lives, including his own daughter. The grandson of James Scott, is also regularly donate blood, seeing before him the example of his grandfather, he decided to donate blood to 16 years, and still adheres to its own promises. James says he is just glad that his life inspires others to do such deeds for strangers.
27 Dec 2017 James turns 81 years old, and this age will no longer be able to donate blood — these are the rules in Australia. Fortunately, this situation is the doctors have prepared in advance. Before 2015, all interessny drugs in Australia were made from the plasma of Harrison, but now doctors have found alternative sources.
“Some say to me — Ohhhh, you’re a hero! — laughs James Harrison. But what I am a hero. I just sit yourself in a comfortable room, giving your blood. Bring me a hot Cup of coffee and even something to eat. Well, that’s all — then I go their way. Nothing complicated”.