By Bill Peckham
Dr. Robin Eady,the "World's longest-surviving kidney patient" is going to be in Seattle next week to receive from the Northwest Kidney Centers the "Clyde Shields Distinguished Service Award, given to people who make significant contributions to the welfare of kidney patients through advocacy, clinical care or research." Dr. Eady is a great selection to receive the award. He knew Clyde Shields; Eady's first hemodialysis treatment in 1963 was in the bed next to Shields.
Eady went on to be one of Canada's first dialyzors and then one of the first to use hemodialysis in England. I think this means that he was one of the first few dialyzors in three different countries. After 24 years of using hemodialysis, he has lived with a transplant for the last 23 years - 47 years of renal replacement!
The article (it's a good article, read the whole thing) mentions Eady will be at two public events - I'll be at both:
Tuesday June 22, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
SeaTac Kidney Center, across from the airport on International Boulevard
Dr. Eady will receive the Shields Award
- Sunday June 27, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Seattle Kidney Center, just east of downtown Seattle on the corner of 15th & Cherry
Dr. Eady will be featured in a presentation entitled "Home Dialysis and Transplant made it possible to live 47 years--A conversation with Dr. Robin Eady."
The Sunday event will be attended by special guest Congressman Jay Inslee, a Congressional champion and long time advocate for kidney patients.