Ken Sharp gets kid­ney trans­plant

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - DO­MINIK WIS­NIEWSKI Northum­ber­land News

For­mer Peter­bor­ough res­i­dent Ken Sharp, Canada’s long­est living kid­ney dial­y­sis patient, has had a kid­ney trans­plant.

The Port Hope res­i­dent had the pro­ce­dure in Toronto on Thurs­day.

“I was ec­static. I knew it was com­ing, I knew I was at the top of the list,” said Sharp, who has been on dial­y­sis for 42 years after he had a kid­ney trans­plant at the age of 20.

“They ac­ti­vated the list on Aug. 8 and this is seven days later. Things come in sev­ens and seven makes it per­fect.”

Sharp has been a long­time ad­vo­cate for ad­vance­ments to the bioar­ti­fi­cial kid­ney, a sur­gi­cally im­planted, free-stand­ing de­vice to treat end-stage re­nal dis­ease.

“The bioar­ti­fi­cial kid­ney is at the point of hu­man tri­als in the United States now,” he said. “There are 60,000 peo­ple be­sides me on dial­y­sis in this coun­try and they have to give this money.”

In June of last year, Sharp, who has al­ready un­der­gone two trans­plants, two ma­jor back surg­eries and surg­eries on his neck and arms, said he was thank­ful to be alive.

“I had two pil­lars: My mom and my dad, the pil­lars of strength,” he said. “I am keep­ing the hope.”

Sharp vowed to con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for those living with kid­ney dis­ease then, reaf­firm­ing his commitment in Toronto.

“When they have the tech­nol­ogy for some­thing bet­ter than dial­y­sis they should be do­ing some­thing about it,” he said.

In 2018, Northum­ber­land Peter bor­ough South MP Kim Rudd de­scrib­ing Sharp’s ef­forts as “tire­less” while speak­ing in the House of Commons.

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