Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Houghton transplant daughter makes history with mum’s 100-year-old kidney


Sue Westhead with her mum, Ann Metcalfe, after her transplant.
SUNDERLAND ECHO | Sue Kirby

A Wearside woman has astounded medical experts and made history with her 100-year-old transplanted kidney.

Sue Westhead, from Houghton, would not have survived if her mum hadn’t donated one of her kidneys more than 40 years ago.

The 68-year-old is now believed to be the owner of the oldest successfully transplanted kidney in the world. 

An overwhelmed Sue, said she was stunned to find out about the accolade, but obviously owes it to her mother, Ann Metcalfe. 

Sue received the successful transplant at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in 1973, after being diagnosed with kidney disease. 

The kidney was donated by Ann, who was 57 at the time, after it was found that Sue only had the equivalent of a tenth of her kidney function.
"My mum literally gave me life, because I wouldn’t have lived much longer"  Sue Westhead
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