A man who was hours away from getting a life-saving kidney transplant from his brother, who had raced across the globe to donate, has been told his surgery is cancelled because of a nursing shortage at Auckland City Hospital. Chris Hunter, 54, is fighting for his life, with 6 per cent renal function, NZ Herald reports, with his older brother travelling from South Africa to save his life. But the operation couldn’t go ahead because many nurses are in isolation amid the Delta outbreak. Auckland District Health Board has apologised for the cancellation, and Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told media he is aware of the case and “clinicians are looking into it”.

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