Australia's man retires after saving 2 million babies

Last Updated: May 17 2018 17:52

An 81-year-old Australian man, who has donated his blood more than 1,100 times over the six decades and has saved more than 2 million babies, has retired.

James Harrison, known as the “Man with the Golden Arm”, has a rare antibody in his blood that is used to make a lifesaving medication called anti-D. It is given to pregnant women with rhesus disease or whose blood is at risk of developing antibodies that attack their unborn babies.

“He pledged to donate as soon as he was old enough and four years later, kept his promise. He began by donating whole blood despite an aversion to needles,” Australian Red Cross Blood Service said.

“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,” Harrison was quoted as saying by Nine Network.