107-Year-Old Organ Is Donated

Woman becomes Scotland's oldest organ donor
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2016 6:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – You know what they say: You're never too old to donate an organ. Well, they should say that, anyway. The Evening Times reports a woman recently became Scotland's oldest organ donor after dying at the age of 107. Her corneas were removed and are now helping a young patient see. "The message is, don't rule yourself out," says Lesley Hogan of NHS Blood and Transplant. In Scotland alone, a 106-year-old donated eyes and people who died in their 80s have given kidneys. The US' oldest organ donor was a teacher from Texas named Carlton, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services. He died of a brain hemorrhage at 92 and his liver helped save the life of a 69-year-old woman with end-stage liver disease. "It's a marvelous legacy to save someone's life, and you can do that well into old age,” Hogan tells the Evening Times.

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