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The Oldest Living Kidney Donor

18 May 2012

At 83 years of age Nicholas Crace from Hampshire has became the oldest “altruistic” kidney donor in the UK.


Although he has previously given blood on 57 occasions, Mr Crace is no longer allowed to do so, and he therefore made the decision to donate a kidney instead. He says he made the decision after his wife passed away last year.


Previously “living donations” could only take place between family members or life-long friends, however changes to the transplant rules mean that “altruistic donations” are now permitted.


Consultant Surgeon Sam Dutta, who performed the surgery, said “that a living donor kidney performs better, works quicker and lasts longer than one from a deceased donor”.

Mr Crace commented: "It's nice to feel in old age that one can still be useful."

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