James Harrison: The Australian Who’s Saved over Two Million Babies’ Lives


Since he was 18, James Harrison has donated blood every few weeks without fail for a total of over 1,000 donations. That alone is remarkable.

What’s even more remarkable is Harrison’s blood carries an antibody for Rh disease. This disease results in an incompatibility between a baby and mother’s blood. After it was discovered Harrison’s blood carried the antibody, his blood was used to develop a vaccine to address the Rh incompatibility issue between a mother and child’s blood. As a result, this vaccine–and therefore Harrison–has saved the lives of over 2 million babies worldwide.

Via Oddity Central.
Video via ten.

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Spike Marlowe and her Siamese twin sister were born to academics in Provo, Utah during the region’s speculative fiction renaissance. Since her teenage years, when Spike’s parents and sister entered the Federal Witness Protection Program--which necessitated the surgical separation of Spike from her sister (if you buy her a couple drinks and ask nicely, Spike may show you the scars)--she has held a variety of odd jobs, including a performer in a wild west show, detective, Bigfoot researcher and writer for an Internet content farm. Recently she found her calling as a Bizarro author. When she’s not writing fiction she works as a street busker in San Francisco. At night she fights crime. Her first novel, Placenta of Love, will be released by Eraserhead Press in November 2011.

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