Nicholas Crace, a former charity director, said of his decision: “I knew that 7,000 people are waiting for a kidney and that one person dies almost every day while waiting.

I couldn’t have lived with myself with the knowledge that I had had the chance of changing someone else’s life and turned it down.”

The three-hour operation to take out the kidney was carried out in Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital. 

Tests had showed that the widower’s kidney was in the same condition as someone in their 40s. 

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