This is a repost of an Associated Press article on the CTV News website.
This is a great example of the Living Donor Paired Exchange program as it is practiced in the United States. Paired exchanges or in the case of multiple pairs, N-Way Exchanges occur across Canada, from Vancouver to Halifax and several points in between. Kidney donors, and less often, kidney recipients, may be asked to travel to any of the transplant centres across the country to facilitate the transplant.
If you are interested in this program, please go to the Canadian Blood Services website to find the living transplant program in your area.
Published Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:45AM EST
Last Updated Friday, March 6, 2015 12:34AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO – Zully Broussard thought she was going to help one person by donating a kidney.
Instead, she helped six.
The Sacramento woman’s donation to a Benicia man set off an organ swap that resulted in five more sick people getting new kidneys at a San Francisco hospital. Three transplants were completed Thursday, and the remaining three will be done Friday.
“I thought I was going to help this one person who I don’t know. But the fact that so many people can have a life extension, that’s pretty big,” Broussard said.
Domino-like kidney swaps are still relatively new, but they are becoming increasingly common.
With a total of a dozen patients and donors, this week’s surgeries at the California Pacific Medical Center represent the largest kidney donation chain in its transplant centre’s 44-year history, hospital spokesman Dean Fryer said. The patients at are between 24 to 70 years old, and most of them are from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Transplant chains are an option when donors are incompatible with relatives or friends who need kidneys.
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