For the first time in the California Pacific Medical Center's 44-year history, a 6 person-paired (12 individuals involved) Living Kidney Donor Chain was completed. This exchange provided 6 Chronic Kidney Disease patients ranging for age 24 to 70 years old, a second chance at life without Dialysis. While this is wonderful news for those who received a Kidney Transplant, you are likely thinking, "Great news! However, how can this help me?"
Those with Chronic Kidney Disease as well as Dialysis patients should know that while Living Kidney Donor Chains can go a long way in helping multiple patients, they are still considered "rare," according to Fox News Network, LLC. At its most basic level, Donor Chains offer willing incompatible (not matching) Donor-Recipient pairs the opportunity to exchange with other non-matching pairs in the same situation; allowing Donors to cross match to Recipients in the chain.
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Hence, Living Kidney Donor Chains are inherently a numbers game and the "larger the exchange program the greater the probability that the patient will be quickly matched and transplanted," said the National Kidney Registry. This organization cautions against "Single Transplant Center" exchange services as it may delay or even prevent successful Kidney Transplant swaps from occurring.
If you would like to participate in a Living Kidney Donation Chain consider contacting Alliance for Paired Donation (APD) as well as New England Paired Kidney Exchange (NEPKE) which conducts 2 to 3 way matches or closed chains. Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients can contact the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Patient Affairs Department at (888) 894-6361 for additional information. Also, Chronic Kidney Disease patients' current Nephrologists and/or Transplant Centers may offer additional insights on how they can go about being considered for Living Kidney Donor Chains.
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