Before we get to the story itself, I thought I’d talk about how you can save some lives.
Chances are very good that at some time in your life, you (or someone you love) will need a transfusion of blood. In fact, according to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood to stay alive. It’s such a common thing in cases of accidents or surgery, and the need for blood donations has never been higher. One donation can save the lives of up to three people.
Here are three places in Albuquerque where you can donate blood or plasma:
- The American Red Cross at 142 Monroe Street Northeast.
- ZLB Plasma Services at 204 San Mateo Boulevard Southeast.
- United Blood Services on 1515 University Boulevard.
Now, the story of the Man with the Golden Arm:
Australian James Harrison is special. At age 74, he’s donated 984 times since he was 18 years old. And that alone is worthy of mention. But Harrison has a unique blood type that contains a rare antibody. It can be used to save infants born with Rhesus disease. And his donations have kept more than two million babies alive.