James Harrison hates the sight of blood. And while he’s not unique to this feeling, the 78-year-old Australian has given blood more than 1,000 times – and that’s a lot of time spent staring at the ceiling.
“Never once have I watched the needle go in my arm,” Harrison told CNN. “And I can’t stand pain,” he adds.
For someone with a fear of blood, Harrison’s own plasma has had quite the influence. Known as “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Harrison has donated blood a few times a month for the past 60 years, saving millions of young lives across Australia.
After undergoing a chest operation in 1951, the then 14-year-old received 13 litres of blood from unknown donors and decided to become a donor himself.
What followed was miraculous: Harrison’s blood was thought to be the answer to a national issue, containing a rare antibody that would eventually save lives.
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