I hope everyone knows that no one is too old in principle to be an organ donor when they die. And that’s becoming truer of living donors, too. When I donated my kidney to my son 13 years ago I was 58, which is hardly ancient (actually, it seems downright young to me now!) but seemed “old” at the time. Now, more than a third of donors are over 50. Donors in their 60s are increasingly common, and I’ve known of many people who donated in their 70s. The common wisdom has always been, it’s not the donor’s age that matters but the kidney’s health and the donor’s overall health. So I’m happy to say that the record for oldest living kidney donor was set recently when an 84-year-old man in Texas kindly donated his kidney to his neighbor. Admittedly, it wouldn’t have been a great option for most 30-year-olds, but it was a perfect gift for his grateful 72-year-old recipient with lupus. Read more in this very touching and informative story.
Published by Carol Offen
I'm a living kidney donor--I donated to my son in 2006--who happens to be a wimp (I faint at flu shots). I'm passionate about encouraging living donation, and I figure that if I can donate a kidney, you probably can, too. I'm also a professional writer and editor. I'm writing a book on the subject, with a kidney recipient, tentatively titled The Greatest Gift: The Insider's Guide to Living Kidney Donation. View all posts by Carol Offen