How one Australian saved 2.4 million newborns

During his life, 80-year-old Australian James Harrison donated blood plasma 1000 times, thanks to which he got into the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most generous donor of this substance. Blood plasma can be donated much more often than blood, and it is safer for the donor, therefore, for 62 years now, Harrison, on average, has been visiting the nearest blood transfusion station every 3 weeks (

At the age of 14, James underwent a complex breast surgery, during which he required a transfusion of 13 liters of blood. At the same time, doctors were surprised to find that the young patient's blood contains unusually stable and strong antibodies to the Rh factor D antigen. Harrison promised himself that upon reaching the age of 18, he would certainly become a donor of his most valuable blood, and, as it turned out, he fulfilled this promise.

Based on the unique blood plasma of the Australian, doctors created the Rho (D) immunoglobulin vaccine, which has since been administered to a total of 2.4 million Rh-negative women who are pregnant with Rh-positive children. Thus, in all these children, the development of antibodies in the blood was prevented, which would result in hemolytic jaundice of newborns - often fatal. By the way, Harrison's blood serum gave health to his daughter.