An 84-year-old man from Texas became the oldest kidney donor in the US after giving it to his 72-year-old neighbor.
Linda Nall, from Austin, was diagnosed with lupus more than 30 years ago in 1986.
Although she was put on different drugs, her condition began to deteriorate to such an extent that she was told that she urgently needed a kidney transplant.
She started a social media campaign and put a sign in her front yard with the text: & # 39; I am (blood) type O and I need a kidney transplant. & # 39;
When Frank Dewhurst, who abandoned her six doors and was the former president of the Homeowners' Association, visited her, she assumed it was about official affairs – perhaps her grass trail should be removed.
Instead, Dewhurst told her he also had type O blood and wanted to donate his kidney to her.
After months of testing, Dewhurst turned out to be a perfect match for Nall.
Frank Dewhurst, 84, from Austin, Texas, donated his kidney to his neighbor, Linda Nall, 72, making him the oldest kidney donor in the US. Pictured: No, well, with Dewhurst a few days after the transplant
Nall (left and right) was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to attack its own tissues and organs, in 1986. Her kidneys began to show scars and doctors told her that her best chance of survival is finding it of an income was the giver
& # 39; When he told me he wanted to give me his kidney, I was shocked & he said according to a press release from Houston Methodist Hospital, where the operation took place.
& # 39; It is unbelievable what he has done for me and I am so grateful. & # 39;
Nall was 39 years old when she was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to attack your own tissues and organs.
The internal inflammation can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, blood cells, kidneys and lungs.
Lupus is often difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms can mimic other conditions, including arthritis and fibromyalgia, a disease that causes pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints, of which Lady Gaga is a well-known victim.
According to the National Resource Center on Lupus, an estimated 1.5 million Americans live with the disease.
Among those who suffer is singer Selena Gomez, who revealed her diagnosis in 2016.
WHAT IS THE NIERDONOR PROCESS?
1. Ensure that the blood of the donor and recipient is compatible
2. Blood tests with tissue typing, which looks at the number of genetic markers that the donor and recipient share
3. Cross-matching blood test, which must ensure that the recipient responds to the new kidney
Other tests in random order:
- Physical exam
- 24-hour urine collection
- Chest x-ray
- CT scan of the abdomen
- Follow-up blood tests after CT scan
It can take six months for these tests to be completed.
Source: Allina Health
However, the actual number may be higher because a large-scale study of the number of Americans with lupus has never been conducted.
In 2001, the disease began to attack her kidneys, causing serious damage and scars, Nall wrote in a post on Facebook.
Doctors told her that she needed a kidney from a living donor, not just because it would take longer, but because waiting for a corpse carver, from a deceased donor, could be between five and seven years.
This was time Nall didn't have.
Her husband, Carl, was not an eligible donor because his blood type is AB and Nall needed a blood type O donor.
She spent a year and a half setting up a Facebook page, creating T-shirts and the sign that went up in her garden.
Dewhurst saw the sign, discussed the donation with his wife and then visited Nall.
After it has been proven that the blood of the donor and the recipient is compatible, there are two more blood tests according to Allina Health.
The first is tissue typing, looking at the number of antigens or genetic markers, the donor and the receiving particle.
The second is cross-matching, to ensure that the recipient responds to the new kidney.
Nall (in the photo, sitting, with family members) started a Facebook campaign and placed a sign on her front garden with the text: & # 39; I am (blood) type O and I need a kidney transplant & # 39;
Dewhurst learned of her medical condition after seeing the sign and, after consulting with his wife, offered to donate his kidney. Pictured: Nall, on the far left, with her husband, Carl and family members
These are followed by a physical examination, a chest x-ray, a CT scan of the abdomen, a follow-up blood test within a week after the scan and a 24-hour urine collection.
& # 39; After having undergone a number of tests, I was free to donate and very happy to do so, & # 39; said Dewhurst in the release.
Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, head of kidney disease at the Houston Methodist Hospital, says there is a misconception that older people are discouraged from donating.
& # 39; In addition to Mr Dewhurst, we have taken kidneys from an 80-year-old, 79-year-old and other donors from the late 60s and early 70s, & # 39; said Dr. Ibrahim, according to the release.
& # 39; They receive a complete reprocessing to ensure that they are physically strong enough to donate. When everything is checked out, there is no reason to prevent them from saving someone's life. & # 39;
Of the approximately 21,000 people who received kidney transplants in 2018, five percent of donors were 65 or older.
The transplantation of Nall took place on April 30. Dewhurst was fired 48 hours after the operation and Nall was fired four days later. Both report that they are recovering well.
& # 39; I can't wait to spend more time with family and friends and socialize more, & # 39; Nall said, according to the press release.
& # 39; I have long been unable to eat what I want to eat and do what I want to do. I'm going to get the best out of Frank's generous gift and live my life to the full. I can't wait. & # 39;
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