James Harrison, born in 1936 in Australia, is known as the ‘Man with the golden arm’ because of his unusual blood that has been used as a cure for Rhesus disease. When James was 13 years old he was diagnosed with metastasised pneumonia which required one of his lungs to be removed in a major chest surgery. The operation required 13 litres of blood and after it was successful, James was in hospital care for three months.
When James turned 18 he decided to start donating blood because he wanted to help others the same way he was once helped. His blood was soon discovered to be able to prevent infants from developing a Rhesus disease which is a hemolitic condition that strikes down newborns whose blood is not compatible with their mothers’. James’s donations have helped to save the lives of 2,4 million babies, including his own granddaughter’s. Doctors have managed to create the Anti-D vaccine due to his donations and, also, his life has been insured for a million dollars because of the uniqueness of his blood.