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Ontarian now holds world record for oldest kidney transplant recipient |


Walter Tauro says he didn’t even know what Guinness World Records were before he was recognized by the famous British society as the world’s oldest kidney transplant recipient earlier this month.

“I’ve never heard of it,” the 88-year-old said with a laugh in a phone interview Sunday from his home in Markham, Ont.

But once he learned more about the organization that tracks human achievements and the extremes of the natural world, the retired real estate agent said he was happy to have been recognized.

“I feel good and I’m back to normal,” he said.

Tauro said he moved to Ontario from India in 1965 and ran a successful real estate company for many years with his wife and two children before retiring.
In 2020, he said doctors discovered he had kidney disease.

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His treatment involved mandatory visits to the hospital three times a week, for four hours at a time, to receive dialysis, a process in which doctors attempt to reproduce kidney function by removing excess water and toxins. of blood circulation.

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“I was tired of going to dialysis,” he says.

The expensive treatments eventually prompted him to apply to be put on a list for a kidney transplant.

“I didn’t hear anything about it for three years,” he said.

Then one day in June 2023, a doctor at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto informed Tauro that a new kidney was available for transplant, but warned him that he might not survive the procedure due to about his age.

However, after several tests, a surgeon cleared him to receive a kidney from an anonymous donor.

“It’s not the patient’s age that matters, it’s their overall health,” Meriam Jayoma-Austria, a registered nurse at St. Michael’s kidney transplant program, said in a statement.

“Walter completed the program without any problems, from his cardiac evaluations to a bone marrow analysis.”

Moments before his surgery, Tauro said his family was still worried about him and said his final goodbyes.

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He said he reassured them that everything would be okay.

“I said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll be back tomorrow morning. I had confidence,” he said, adding that he was a little scared but trusted his doctors.

Guinness World Records said on its website that “Walter was determined in his decision to undergo the transplant because he no longer wanted to do daily dialysis.”

Six hours after his surgery, Tauro said he remembers waking up.

While recovering in the hospital for a month, overcoming some minor infections, Tauro said a nurse suggested he contact Guinness because she suspected he might be the world’s oldest kidney transplant recipient in the world.

Tauro said the nurse’s hunch was correct and Guinness checked her record earlier this month.

Now, Tauro says he feels healthy and is enjoying his life with his family and two grandchildren.

He said the experience taught him that everyone should take a chance from time to time.

“If you don’t take a chance, nothing happens.”

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