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Kidney Transplant at 84, Chicago Artist Proves New Start Possible at Any Age
Date:9/18/2009

Active sculptor and wood carver makes quick return to the studio

CHICAGO, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly six years of dialysis finally began to take a heavy toll on 84-year-old Juan Guano. The constant fatigue left him with little energy to spend on his art, and he was unable to travel, which is a major source of inspiration to him. The vibrant senior maintains an active regimen as the patriarch to an expansive family. He's the father of four, grandfather of five and great-grandfather of six. As recent as five or seven years ago, Guano's prospects for receiving a kidney transplant would have been incredibly limited. However, following his referral to the experienced transplant team of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, he can now claim the title of being the hospital's oldest kidney recipient.

"It's not as uncommon as it once was to transplant patients ages 70 and older," says the hospital's Chief of the Division of Organ Transplantation, Michael Abecassis, MD. "Due to inroads made in expanded criteria organ donation, for patients like Mr. Guano transplant is a therapeutic option that may not have been possible until recently." Surgeons at Northwestern Memorial have performed nearly 3,000 kidney transplants since the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) began tracking data in 1988. For the past two years, Northwestern has been the nation's largest living donor kidney transplant program, according to UNOS.

Guano received his kidney from an expanded-criteria donor, a category of deceased donors with certain characteristic
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