Longest surviving kidney transplant patient celebrates

01/02/2011

40 years ago in Belfast City Hospital Bob Arnott received his kidney transplant and now at 76 is one of the longest surviving kidney transplant patients in the world.

40 years ago in Belfast City Hospital Bob Arnott received his kidney transplant and now at 76 is one of the longest surviving kidney transplant patients in the world.

Featured in a recent news story on ‘UTV Live’ with Dr Aisling Courtney from Belfast City Hospital, Bob described how he has been able to lead a very active and normal life following his transplant with no special dietary requirements.

Bob is also Chairman for the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund and to date they have raised over £7m to promote research into the causes, prevention and possible cures for kidney disease.


Donor Register

Bob became the 14th person in Northern Ireland to have a transplant. Since 1968 there have been over 1500 transplants carried out in the Belfast City Hospital, with 73 being carried out last year.

Although there has been an increase in live kidney donors and many patients have been able to get a transplant, there is still a need for organ donation. Presently there are 260 patients on the waiting list for transplant.

You could help by joinging the Donor Register:
http://www.uktransplant.org.uk/ukt/how_to_become_a_donor/how_to_become_a_donor.jsp