Beating the odds with 38 years of dialysis

Singapore's longest-surviving dialysis patient has lived three times longer than expected

The NKF centre in Clementi has been Mr Richard Tay's second home for the last 28 years. He counts adhering to his dialysis treatment, a strict diet and exercise as the reasons for his longevity.
The NKF centre in Clementi has been Mr Richard Tay's second home for the last 28 years. He counts adhering to his dialysis treatment, a strict diet and exercise as the reasons for his longevity.PHOTO: GIN TAY FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES

Mr Richard Tay, 57, has spent more than 20,000 hours, or 833 days, in a dialysis chair for treatment and endured over 10,000 needle pricks to his left upper arm.

He has been a dialysis patient for 38 years, making him the longest-surviving dialysis patient in Singapore. The current Guinness World Record for the longest time a person had dialysis is 42 years and 85 days, held by Mr Mahesh Mehta from London who died last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 01, 2018, with the headline 'Beating the odds with 38 years of dialysis'. Subscribe