Party Held in Newport Beach for Woman Who Has Lived With Dialysis for 40 Years

Celia Kanter, 77, right, receives a certificate of recognition for her 40 years on dialysis at the Newport Beach Dialysis center on Feb. 16, 2018. (Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Times Community News)

Celia Kanter, 77, right, receives a certificate of recognition for her 40 years on dialysis at the Newport Beach Dialysis center on Feb. 16, 2018. (Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Times Community News)

Hundreds of thousands of people with advanced kidney disease, like Celia Kanter, require dialysis treatments to clean their blood.

But far fewer people in the world, also like Kanter, have lived with dialysis for 40 years.

Kanter, 77, celebrated life and persistence Friday with a party at the Newport Beach Dialysis center, where she takes treatments three days a week for about 3½ hours per session.

She inspires others with her warmth and energy, her friends say.

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