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Thank You, James Harrison ! March 25, 2010

Posted by Rambling Man in Fatherhood, General Bloggery, World Affairs.
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I came across this wonderful story about this wonderful man this morning … it’s the man we have to thank for the Anti-D vaccine, given to children with a Rhesus blood incompatibility with their mother.

This incompatibility is quite common and happened in our 2 kids – normally the doctors will check for blood type late in the 3rd trimester and then make the decision to administer Anti-D when the child is born … I thought it had been around for years but no !  The vaccine was developed when doctors discovered an antibody in this man’s blood – he has made nearly 1000 blood donations over the course of his lifetime.

So from the bottom of all our hearts Mr. Harrison, go raibh míle mhaith agat !

Read about him here …

Blood donor saves two million babies – Yahoo!Xtra News.



1. Kathleen Cole - March 25, 2010

Thank you for posting James Harrison’s story! Our younger daughter was born with Hemorrhagic Disease of Infancy. It is rare, nearly always fatal and, now, preventable

My daughter is one of Children’s Hospital of Denver’s Miracle Babies. For the remainder of my life I’ve given blood. Needless to say we contribute annually to Children’s Hospitals.

Blood is life, and donating is so easy.

Rambling Man - March 25, 2010

no problem kathleen – good to hear your little one made it through. we take these things for granted sometimes …

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