Antibodies! How the “Man with the Golden Arm” saved 2.4 million babies



This week Katee, Corbin, and Dave talk about a topic that has been floating around the warm and fuzzy news cycle. James Harrison, an Australian given the Moniker “the man with the golden arm” has recently retired from his super hero status after donating blood since he was 18 years, with experts estimating he saved the lives 2.4 million babies. The Vagibonds talk about how this was possible and take a dive into blood groups, antibodies, and immune systems.

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References:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/14/611074956/australias-man-with-the-golden-arm-retires-after-saving-2-4-million-babies

https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Practice-Bulletins/Committee-on-Practice-Bulletins-Obstetrics/Prevention-of-Rh-D-Alloimmunization

https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Practice-Bulletins/Committee-on-Practice-Bulletins-Obstetrics/Management-of-Alloimmunization-During-Pregnancy

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20008198


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