You’re never too old to donate an organ or two

Having just returned from India, land of the over-the-top in so many ways, I wasn’t all that startled by a story in the Indian press about an octogenarian organ donor. Upon her death this month at 82, Gyanant Kaur donated both corneas and her liver to three different people. I’d have thought that eight decades of wear and tear would rule out even the sturdiest innards, but it turns out that people can donate organs and tissue at any age.  Digging around, I found donors over age 90 and a corneal donor in Canada who gave ’em up at 102.  Who knew that bodies could keep working this long, in this extraordinary way?

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