James Harrison

by Amandine Choquet from Ennevelin in France

For me, a hero is a person who is benefactor, who thinks about others, he is not selfish. A hero has to do the best.

James Harrison was born on December 27th, 1936. He is known as The Man with the Golden Arm. He is a blood donor from Australia.

He made more than a thousand donations of blood plasma and that prevented the hemolytic disease of the newborn to two million children. He has rare antibodies anti D that prevented the death by hemolytic disease of the newborn. 

133336Donation blood plasma, in contrast to blood, it can be donated as often as once every 2 weeks. He was able to reach his 1000th donation in May 2011. This results in an average of one donation every three weeks during 57 years. Commenting on his record, he said: "I could say it's the only record that I hope is broken, because if they do, they have donated a thousand donations." (

On 11 May 2018 he made his 1173rd donation, his last, as Australian policy prohibits blood donations from those past age 81.

Harrison was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on 7 June 1999. 

He was nominated for Australian of the Year, though he did not win. In 2011, he was nominated in the New South Wales Local Hero division of the Australian of the Year awards.

So James Harrison is a hero for me, he is the biggest donor ever seen, he is the most generous of all because he saved a lot of lives. He is the most benevolent in the world.

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