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Nicholas Crace Is Britain’s Oldest Living Donor Giving Kidney To Complete Stranger

Nicholas Crace Is Britain’s Oldest Living Donor Giving Kidney To Complete Stranger

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Nicholas Crace is no stranger to giving to strangers. He spent most of his career directing charities that helped the mentally ill, terminally ill, elderly and others in need.

He also gave mightily to Brigid, his wife of nearly 60 years. After she had a stroke in 2005, he cared for her for six years until she died in the summer of 2011 — and then he was astonished to have time on his hands.

Crace, who lives in the village of Overton in Hampshire, England, became a volunteer driver for a local hospice, but that didn’t keep him busy enough. The lifelong blood donor wanted to continue giving blood, but he was told the cut-off age for donations was 70. He began thinking about donating his bone marrow, but the age limit for that was even younger: 40.

What Crace did instead set records in the United Kingdom and captured the attention of doctors on this side of the Atlantic: At age 83, he became Britain’s oldest living kidney donor and the country’s oldest “altruistic donor.” He opted to give a kidney to a complete stranger.

‘The chance of changing someone’s life’
Crace shared a detailed and thoughtful diary of his journey toward kidney donation with TODAY.com. In it, he reflected on the practical and emotional motives that prompted him.

“The Practical are the facts that I am fit, have no dependents or responsibilities, am retired and have plenty of time,” Crace wrote. “The Emotional are that I have led an easy, comfortable and selfish life, enjoyed excellent health and want to repay some of my good fortune.” (more)

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Article by Laura T. Coffey, Today News | Read full article here

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