14 June 2024

A 98-year-old American man became the oldest posthumous donor of an internal organ

American transplant surgeons have successfully transplanted the liver of a 98-year-old deceased man to a 72-year-old woman, according to a press release from Mid-America Transplant. He became the oldest donor of an internal organ in the history of the United States and, presumably, the world (there is no mention of such donation at an older age in open sources). A resident of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Orville Duane Allen (Orville Duane Allen) was a participant in World War II and the Korean War, and after military service he taught agronomy for almost 40 years. According to his daughter, the man was noted for his good health, but while cleaning up debris after a storm, he fell and hit his head. He was taken to St Francis Medical Centre in nearby Cape Girardeau, where he was diagnosed with uncontrolled fatal cerebral oedema.

During the examination, doctors noted the good functional condition of his liver and asked his family for consent for posthumous donation. This was obtained and Allen's organ was successfully transplanted into the 72-year-old patient. Kevin Lee, Executive Director of Mid-America Transplant, noted that the liver is a hardy organ, and people over 80 and 90 years of age are increasingly becoming liver donors. In addition to internal organs, the oldest posthumous donor is a 107-year-old Scottish woman who agreed to donate her eye cornea while she was alive.

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