[Alhucema] A Million Dollar Baby

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[Alhucema] A Million Dollar Baby

Postby Alhucema » Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:45 pm

Due to his gratefulness and many little sacrifices, millions of lives have been saved.
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Postby Twilightseeker » Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:51 am

Millions of lives saved from the same possible death? I.e., the same manner/cause of death? Are all of these lives saved of people in the same place (e.g. on one continent or in the same country)? Did he mean to save millions of lives?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Alhucema » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:51 am

Millions of lives saved from the same possible death? I.e., the same manner/cause of death? Yes Are all of these lives saved of people in the same place (e.g. on one continent or in the same country)? No Did he mean to save millions of lives? Yes
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby GalFisk » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:12 am

Are the many little sacrifices made by: him? The people saved? Other people? Is he grateful for someone saving him? If so: his money? His life? His health? Is medicine relevant? Blood transfusions? Are lives still being saved? Is a specific disease relevant? Or injury? Or medical condition?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Alhucema » Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:53 pm

Are the many little sacrifices made by: him? This The people saved? Other people? Is he grateful for someone saving him? Yes If so: his money? His life? Yes His health? And also this Is medicine relevant? Yes Blood transfusions? Yesish Are lives still being saved? Yes Is a specific disease relevant? I hesitate whether to call it "disease" Or injury? Or medical condition? This is closest
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:00 pm

Bolded your prior answers for ease of reading

Would it be considered a handicap? A disability?
Is sterility involved? Types of fertilization?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Alhucema » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:04 pm

Bolded your prior answers for ease of reading Thanks

Would it be considered a handicap? A disability? No to both
Is sterility involved? NoTypes of fertilization? Noish, but I`d say you`re OTRT
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:12 pm

Adoption involved?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Alhucema » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:16 pm

Adoption involved? No
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Balin » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:19 pm

Is birth involved at all?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Alhucema » Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:22 pm

Is birth involved at all? Very much so
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Balin » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:38 am

Are the "millions of lives" newborn babies? Their mothers?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Alhucema » Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:28 am

Are the "millions of lives" newborn babies? This Their mothers?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Twilightseeker » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:21 am

Something to do with blood type incompatibility (where the mother and unborn baby's blood types are not compatible, like sometimes if the mother is Rh- and the baby is Rh+ for example)? Something to do with a blood disorder? Of the infant?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Zanreo » Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:37 am

Medicine relevant?
Little sacrifices: Money? His time? sacrifices regarding himself?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Alhucema » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:39 am

Something to do with blood type incompatibility (where the mother and unborn baby's blood types are not compatible, like sometimes if the mother is Rh- and the baby is Rh+ for example)?Exactly this, good work! Something to do with a blood disorder? Of the infant?

Little sacrifices: Money? No His time? Yes, also sacrifices regarding himself? But mostly this
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby GalFisk » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:30 am

Does he donate his own blood? Is it a rare type that helps for this issue?
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema] (SOLVED)

Postby Alhucema » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:38 pm

Does he donate his own blood? Yes Is it a rare type that helps for this issue? Yes, and I think we are ready for a


*******************SPOILER*********************


When James Harrison from Australia was 14, he underwent a life-saving chest operation during which he received 13 litres of blood. He decided to become a blood donor as soon as he reached the legal age to do that, as a gesture of gratitude to strangers whose blood saved his life.

Soon after he became a donor, doctors found out that his blood contained an unusual antibody which could help solve a deadly issue. Back then, thousands of babies were dying each year as a result of a miscarriage, or were born with brain damage. It was due to Rhesus disease - a condition which happens when a pregnant woman has rhesus-negative blood (RhD negative) and her foetus has rhesus-positive blood (RhD positive), inherited from its father. If the mother has been sensitized to rhesus-positive blood, usually during a previous pregnancy with an rhesus-positive baby, she may produce antibodies that destroy the baby's "foreign" blood cells. The mother's blood starts attacking her unborn baby's blood cells, which can result in brain damage, or death, for the babies.

Harrison's blood helped doctors to develop an injection called Anti-D. It prevents women with rhesus-negative blood from developing RhD antibodies during pregnancy, and enabled them to deliver healthy babies. At the beginning of his cooperation with the doctors, they insured his life for one million dollars (thence the title of my puzzle) ;-).

Mr. Harrison has been donating blood plasma once in every three weeks during 57 years. In 2011, he reached a record of 1,000 donations. He is now almost eighty years old, and the Anti-D injections made of his blood have so far saved the lives of more than 2 million babies. He is considered to be a national hero and received numerous awards.

He never watches the needle go in his arm, because he says "I can't stand the sight of blood, and I can't stand pain."

Thank you all for participating, and GalFisk for the final solution.
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby Twilightseeker » Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:02 pm

Oh, nice. I had heard of this man actually. He makes for a good puzzle. :mrgreen:
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Re: A Million Dollar Baby [Alhucema]

Postby JenBurdoo » Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:00 pm

A very good one. I'll have to break it out the next time the blood-bank comes to work!
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