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Oldest Kidney Donor in US Is 84 and Saved Neighbor's Life

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By    |   Sunday, 02 June 2019 12:59 PM

A Texas woman has her 84-year-old neighbor to thank for a second chance at life after he donated his kidney to her, becoming the nation's oldest living kidney donor in the process, and it all began with a sign.

For years Frank Dewhurst had known that Linda Nall, who lived six houses down the street, was suffering from lupus and kidney failure but the reality of her situation really hit home when he saw a sign in her front yard appealing to the community for help, according to a report in Fox News.

"The sign read 'I am type O and I need a kidney transplant. Please help me,'' Dewhurst said in a press release from Houston Methodist Hospital. "So after talking it over with my wife, I told her she could have mine."

Before getting his neighbor's hopes high, Dewhurst first underwent several tests to be cleared to donate his kidney. When he did knock on Nall's door she assumed it was because Dewhurst, who was the past president of Homeowner’s Association, was there to tell her to take the sign down. She was shocked when he told her the real reason for his visit.

The process began immediately and it was not long before Dewhurst was in surgery. Within 48 hours he had left the Houston Methodist Hospital and was back to his everyday activities. Meanwhile, Nall is looking forward to spending more time with friends and family and being more social.

"I have lived a long time not being able to eat what I want to eat and do what I want to do," she said. "I am going to make the most of Frank’s generous gift and live life to the fullest. I cannot wait."

Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, chief of kidney diseases at Houston Methodist Hospital said there is a common misconception that older people cannot be organ donors but this is not true. In fact, more than 200 people over age 70 have become living donors in the U.S. in the 20 years.

"Besides Mr. Dewhurst, we have taken kidneys from an 80-year old, a 79-year old and other donors in their late 60s and early 70s," Ibrahim said. "They receive a full workup to make sure they are physically strong enough to donate. If everything checks out, there is no reason to keep them from saving someone’s life."

There are over 113,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list as of January 2019 and of those, at least 20 die each day waiting for a transplant, the U.S. Division of Transplantation noted. One donor can save eight lives but while 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation only 58 percent are actually signed up as donors.

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