National Kidney-Swap Program Marks 1st Success (Associated Press)


[[{“type”:“media”,“view_mode”:“media_large”,“fid”:null,“attributes”:{“class”:“media-image size-full wp-image-1595 alignright”,“typeof”:“foaf:Image”,“style”:“”,“width”:“100”,“height”:“100”,“alt”:“Associated Press”}}]]The United Network for Organ Sharing started a pilot program in October to facilitate “kidney paired donation,” where someone donates a kidney to a stranger so their friend or loved one can receive a compatible organ in return. The pilot project’s first transplants were performed Monday, December 6, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and Barnes-Jewish Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. Dartmouth Medical School Assistant Professor of Surgery and Community and Family Medicine David Axelrod performed the New Hampshire surgeries.

Read the full Associated Press story, published by The Washington Post on 12/9/10.

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