Thank You, James Harrison ! March 25, 2010Posted by Rambling Man in Fatherhood, General Bloggery, World Affairs.
Tags: anti-d, blood, james harrison, rhesus negative
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 …