Oldest kidney donor hosts thank you lunch for Portsmouth medics

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THE country’s oldest living donor is holding a lunch party to say thank you to the team of Portsmouth doctors that operated on him.

As previously reported in The News, pensioner Nicholas Crace, 83, made history by becoming the country’s oldest living kidney donor.

The operation took place in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, earlier this year.

The 83-year-old is also the oldest altruistic donor –which means he has donated the organ to a complete stranger.

Surgeons from the Wessex Renal and Transplantation Service, at QA, performed the three-hour procedure.

And now to say thank you to them, Mr Crace is hosting a lunch party at his home this Saturday.

The former charity director said: ‘I hope that up to 30 members of the team will come, including surgeons and nurses, as well as three or four former donors.

‘It should be a happy party.

‘I am going to ask the surgeons to demonstrate their skills by carving the roast.’

Mr Crace, decided to donate his kidney because he wanted to help others after the death of his wife.

He has previously donated blood, but could not after the age of 70.