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'Man with the golden arm' retires after saving more than 2 million lives

'Man with the golden arm' retires after saving more than 2 million lives
Posted at 12:43 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 09:45:39-04

(RNN) - An Australian man who donated blood for more than 60 years delivered blood for the last time.

James Harrison, 81 - no not the football player - donated blood for the final time on Friday.

He donated blood regularly from the age of 18 and is known as the "man with the golden arm” for donating blood 1,172 times. He is estimated to have saved 2.4 million babies.

Harrison’s blood contains a rare antibody known as anti-D that protects unborn babies from a deadly disease called rhesus D haemolytic disease. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service let the man donate blood even though he was over the cap months ago.

"I hope it's a record that somebody breaks," Harrison told the agency.

Over his decades of blood donation, only 10 were from his left arm, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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