The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) has officially been deemed the Kidney Transplant Center with the longest Living Kidney Donor Chain in history with one hundred (100) Kidney Transplant Recipients for the single chain and going. The rather new process of a Donor Chain has the potential to facilitate thousands of additional Living Kidney Donor Transplants. This has offered many patients - especially those who have been waiting on the Kidney Transplant Waiting List for many years or anticipate a long wait ahead - hope that they too can participate in UABs chain to help potentially minimize their time on the Waiting List and Dialysis significantly.
Donor chains work by matching healthy and willing Living Kidney Donors who are incompatible with their desired recipient with others in need. The idea is that the donor's desired recipient will get his/her transplant from another person on the chain. This revolutionary process of donation has worked extremely well at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s which started a Donor Chain on Dec. 5, 2013, and by July 20th, 2018 it had encompassed more than 200 people from 12 states. Hence, approximately 20 patients received a transplant every year as a result of the single UAB Kidney Donor Chain.
You do not have to be a resident of Alabama to take part in the UAB Donor Chain Process. Although, the first Living Kidney Donor that kickstarted the chain, Paula King, was an Alabama resident and was committed to donating a kidney despite not having an intended recipient. “I am humbled to be a small part of what has been accomplished thus far. I would encourage anyone who is considering donating their kidney to think about the impact they can have on someone else’s life," Ms. King said.
More transplants in the UAB Kidney Chain are scheduled in the future. Those interested in exploring the possibility of being a Living Kidney Donor or potential Living Kidney Donor Recipient and want to take part in the Donor Chain can complete the below form:
Also, ask your Transplant Center if they have a Living Kidney Donor Chain option and the process of being considered. Living Kidney Donor transplants could double to 12,000 a year with a National Paired Exchange Program that includes Living Kidney Donor Chains similar to UABs, suggested Dr. Jayme Locke.
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