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Kidney Networking – Working Well to Match Candidates and Donors with Multiple Transplants

Posted Jul 07 2009 9:54pm

This is a great use of technology for someone wanting to donate, but the individual to receive the kidney is not compatible, so they go to the data base and find a matching recipient, and at the same time, find a donor that would match.  This is really good news and makes the organs available image where as otherwise the patient may not be able to have the surgery.  The donation process is still the same, the donor is giving a kidney, but the recipient may be someone else, but the intended recipient wins too as the software locates a compatible donor, a real win-win all the way around.  BD

AP) -- A transplant surgeon who completed an unprecedented eight-way kidney swap this week said Tuesday he believes such intricate, multistate exchanges can drastically reduce the number of patients waiting for eligible donors.

A transplant surgeon who completed an unprecedented eight-way kidney swap this week said Tuesday he believes such intricate, multistate exchanges can drastically reduce the number of patients waiting for eligible donors.

Dr. Robert Montgomery, chief transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and doctors at four hospitals in four states transplanted eight kidneys over three weeks in what he called the largest chain of donations in history.

Multiple-kidney transplants occur when several people who need transplants have friends or relatives who are willing to donate kidneys but aren't compatible. A chain of surgeries is arranged in which each donor is matched with a transplant candidate who they don't know but is compatible with the kidney being given up. The chain of transplants typically also involve a so-called altruistic donor, who's willing to give a kidney to anyone and is located through a database.

Md. doctor: Kidney transplant record achieved

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