Many of us try to donate blood when we can, and usually get around to it maybe one a year. But this man has given blood literally thousands of times. 81-year-old James Harrison saved an estimated 2.4 million babies with his blood — now he’s retiring his “golden arm.”
“I’ve saved a lot of lives and got a lot of new kids into the world, so yeah, it makes you feel good in that respect,” he explained.
Harrison has a special kind of plasma that produces an antibody that can treat sick newborns. He’d been pricked 1,1,62 times in his right arm and 10 times in his left. He’s been donating blood and plasma since he was 18.
As a teen, he had a lung removed and was hospitalized for months, during which time he received nearly two gallons of donated blood. He knew he wanted to give back so when he was told his blood could save babies’ lives, he jumped at the opportunity.
Harrison has received the Guinness World Record for blood donations as well as a medal of The Order of Australia for his service. Most importantly, he gets to know that he’s helped save the lives of so many babies because of his special blood.