(ORDO NEWS) — Italian doctors have performed the world’s first liver transplant from a donor who died over the age of 100, according to the National Center for Transplantation (CNT).
The operation involved the liver of a woman who, at the time of her natural death, was 100 years old, 10 months and 1 day old, and who had long ago issued an order to use her organs for transplantation to patients in need.
The liver was obtained last week by doctors at the San Giovanni di Dio hospital in Florence and, after all the necessary medical and legal procedures, was transplanted to a patient in line for transplantation at the University Hospital of Pisa.
“At the international level, there are no cases of donation of whole organs from people who died over the age of one hundred years.
There were only a few cases of donation of certain tissues, in particular the cornea,” said CNT director Massimo Cardillo in this regard.
“We are witnessing an exceptional event that demonstrates the technical and organizational capabilities of Italian transplantation, including the use of donor organs from very elderly people.
This is important in order to respond effectively to the requests of more than 8,000 patients who are waiting for transplantation in our country,” he pointed out.
Until now, according to CNT, the oldest donor in Italy was considered to be a woman who died at the end of October in the city of Fabriano at the age of 97 years and 7 months.
In the past, four more times in the Apennines – in 2003, 2008, 2018 and 2019, organs were transplanted from 97-year-old donors.
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