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Hospitals reassess the age factor in evaluating candidates for kidney transplants

from The Washington Post

From Feb. 11: Robert Brown was healthy, willing and a good match: So why not give a kidney to his wife, who otherwise would need dialysis? There was just one potential obstacle: Brown was 74, an age once unthinkable for a kidney donor. For this retired psychologist from Columbia, that wasn't an issue. "I didn't think about the age thing, not at all," Brown said about his decision two years ago to offer a kidney to his wife, Sue. She was 71 at the time and ill with Fabry disease, a rare genetic disorder that can lead to a harmful buildup of fat in the kidneys. more


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