Meet James Harrison. No, not the football player. This James Harrison is just an average guy living in Australia. Only he’s not. He’s a 74 year old retiree who has saved over 2 million babies over the past 57 years.
His blood contains an antibody needed to make life saving injections for mothers whose own blood is attacking their unborn baby. 17% of pregnant women will need the injection called Anti-D. Harrison blood is in every batch of Anti-D made in Australia. He’s saved 2.4 million babies — including his own grandson. His daughter Tracey needed the injection when she was pregnant.
Harrison has made the Guinness Book of Records for his blood donations — over 1000 so far. He’s donated blood every week for the past 57 years.
It all started when a stranger’s blood saved James Harrison’s life. He had a chest operation when he was 14 and needed 13 units of blood.”
Harrison says, “When I came out of the operation, or a couple days after, my father was explaining what had happened. He said I had my life had been saved by unknown people.”
Talk about paying it forward.