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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

107-year-old woman saves sight of patient and becomes Scotland's oldest organ donor

Transplant leaders revealed surgeons were able to remove the corneas of the elderly woman after her death to save the sight of a younger patient.
GLASGOW EVENING TIMES | Caroline Wilson

107-YEAR-OLD woman has become Scotland's oldest organ donor.

Transplant leaders revealed surgeons were able to remove the corneas of the elderly woman after her death to save the sight of a younger patient.

Lesley Hogan, of NHS Blood and Transplant revealed the donation had taken place as she attended at the launch of a bold new TV advert aimed at driving up donor registration rates.

The campaign 'We Need Everybody' aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding organ transplantation, such as old age being a barrier to donating. Kidneys have been transplanted from donors in their 80s.

Corneal transplants are successful sight-saving operations, with 93% of transplants functioning after one year.

By five years, 74% of transplants are still functioning and many will continue for many more years after that. Continue reading
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