83-year-old man is oldest living kidney donor17th May 2012
The NHS Blood and Transplant service has revealed that a man in his 80s has become the oldest live kidney donor in the UK.
Nicholas Crace, who is 83, made the decision to donate last year after his wife Brigid died.
He was no longer able to donate blood after the age of 70, or donate bone marrow as he needed to be under 40, but found there was no age limit to donating a kidney so took the decision to donate after hearing of the length of time some patients have to wait for a new kidney.
Mr Crace from Overton in Hampshire, who is also the oldest altruistic kidney donor, said: “It's nice to feel in old age that one can still be useful.”
As for his other organs, he added: “They can take the rest when I'm dead.”
The surgery was performed by Sam Dutta at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth who said that a living donor kidney performs better, works quicker and lasts longer than one from a deceased donor.
He added: “All the detrimental factors related to being on dialysis are completely taken care of by a good functioning kidney. An altruistic donor coming forward is an amazing thing for us, the recipient just gets a new lease of life.”
In the past living donations could only take place between family members or close friends. But the rules were changed to mean “altruistic donation” could take place if people were motivated by a desire to help others.
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