Marathon 18-Patient Kidney Swap Saves Nine People

Marathon 18-Patient Kidney Swap Saves Nine People

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Nine patients received new kidneys from nine living donors in a marathon, 36-hour transplant session.

The carefully coordinated procedure included specially equipped medical vans ferrying donors’ kidneys between two hospitals in San Francisco, California.

The “transplant chain” allows people who are not a compatible match, but who want to donate a kidney to a family member or friend, to effectively trade with someone in the same situation.black nurse comforts female patient

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Doctors at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and California Pacific Medical Center used kidney matching software to connect willing donors with strangers awaiting a new organ.

The donors and patients were matched until there were enough kidneys for all the people joining the chain.

(WATCH the video below or READ more at the Orange County Register) Photo by Scott Maier, USCF Medical Center

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