The Great American Kidney Swap

Before surgeons stitched a kidney from a 32-year-old former Marine into his abdomen in March, Mark Kim spent almost two years on dialysis. He found himself mulling over how odd it was that a new kidney—the one thing he needed most—was something money couldn’t buy.

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Floyd County woman’s failed match helps achieve chain of kidney donations

Two days before Denna Harris was scheduled to donate her kidney to her cousin, Chelsea Hodges, the final cross-match test revealed that Hodges’ body would likely reject the organ. Harris was devastated, but that didn’t stop her commitment to give. In March, the National Kidney Registry completed its largest ever multi-center kidney swap, transplanting 34 kidneys in 25 transplant centers across the country. Harris was ninth in the complex chain of exchanges among strangers.

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Donating a Kidney to a Complete Stranger in Order to Save a Loved One

For most of her life, Mitzi Neyens' kidney disease was manageable, until suddenly, it wasn’t. Mitzi, 77, was in otherwise good health, but because of her age, she wasn't eligible for a kidney from a deceased donor. Her only option was to find a living donor. So the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison enrolled her in the National Kidney Registry’s paired exchange program, which was her only chance for a match.

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First kidney swap at St. Louis Children’s Hospital allows two parents to help their children

Alyvia Wyatt needed a kidney as soon as possible. Her mother, Turquoia Wyatt, could not donate a kidney to the 2 year old because their blood types didn’t match, and her husband’s hypertension barred him from being a donor. Waiting on a kidney from a deceased owner can take months, so doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offered the parents another option: a paired kidney exchange.

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Queens woman becomes kidney donor after reading about 5-year-old’s story in Daily News

When Jannie Daniels read about Kinsey Saleh, a 5-year-old girl from Queens who needed a kidney transplant to live, she knew what she had to do. She volunteered to donate a kidney, but by the time her testing was complete, someone else had been cleared to be Kinsey's donor. The transplantation team at Mount Sinai asked Daniels if she would be willing to donate to someone else. She didn't hesitate.

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