Ontario Man Sets New Record As World’S Oldest Successful Kidney Transplant Recipient

An 88-year-old man from Markham, Ontario, Walter Tauro, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest kidney transplant recipient. Tauro, a retired realtor, had never heard of Guinness World Records before receiving the recognition. After being diagnosed with kidney disease in 2020, he underwent dialysis treatments multiple times a week. The arduous process led him to request a kidney transplant, and in June 2023, he was notified by a doctor at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital that a kidney was available. Despite concerns about his age, Tauro underwent a successful transplant and has since recovered. Guinness World Records stated that Tauro’s decision to have the transplant was spurred by his desire to no longer undergo daily dialysis.

Tauro’s eligibility for the record was initially brought to light by a nurse at the hospital he was recovering in. Guinness World Records confirmed his record earlier this month. Tauro, who now feels healthy and is enjoying time with his family and grandchildren, said the experience taught him the importance of taking chances. He believes that if one doesn’t take a chance, nothing will ever happen.


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