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James Harrison is a donor who owes 2.4 million lives (5 photos)

Meet this Australian James Harrison, who helped save 2.4 million lives and this is not an exaggeration. 81-year-old man is a blood donor, who from 18 years passed the blood 1173 times and got to the Guinness Book of Records. At the age of 14, donor blood saved James’s life and then he decided that he himself would become a blood donor when he reached adulthood. It turned out that the blood of this man is unique in its own way and on its basis created the vaccine Rho (D) immunoglobulin.

The Jameswood Harrison Blood contains unusually strong and resistant antibodies to the D antigen of the Rhesus factor. His life was insured for one million dollars. Based on the plasma of his blood, serum was created, which, when injected with a Rh-negative woman, is pregnant with a Rh-positive baby, prevents the development of antibodies to fetal blood and thus hemolytic jaundice of newborns. Until 2015, all antiresusive drugs in Australia were made from Harrison plasma.

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