10 Person Kidney Swap

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Chattanooga, Tennessee—

 

 

A hospital in Houston pulled off a ten-person kidney swap this month.  That’s where your loved one needs a kidney, but you’re not a match.  So you donate to someone else in exchange for one.  Ten people got kidneys over the course of four days, and they’re all doing great. Here’s how the kidney swap went:

  • Michael Wingard’s kidney isn’t going to his friend because he wasn’t a match for her. But he was a match for someone else.
  • Heather O’Neil Smarrella, who will get his kidney. Then her twin
  • Staci O’Neil gave her kidney to
  • Javier Ramirez Ochoa, whose son-in-law
  • Tomas Martinez, donated a kidney to
  • Chris McLellan, whose father
  • David McLellan, gave his kidney to
  • Barbara Moton, whose daughter
  • Lisa Jolivet, gave her kidney to
  • Kaelyn Connelly, Wingard’s friend.

This 10-person procedure takes place over four days, and it’s uncommon. The last one at Houston Methodist was in 2020. Usually the hospital has chains that involve up to six people.

 

(NPR)