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Format: 04/18/2014
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Organ transplant prospects rise with multistate connection

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

By Luis Fabregas
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Three people from Western Pennsylvania are part of what's believed to be the largest multistate paired kidney exchange, participating in a complex transplant chain that involved 12 donors and 12 recipients at nine transplant centers, officials at Allegheny General Hospital said Wednesday.

The paired kidney exchange took place over the course of almost two months, starting Jan. 19. The recipients and donors are doing well, said Dr. Ngoc Thai, director of the Center for Abdominal Transplantation at Allegheny General.

"This is going to be the wave of the future," Thai said during a news conference in the North Side hospital. "It increases the chances that someone can get a transplant when they wouldn't have gotten one otherwise."

Transplant chains emerged as an option for people with advanced kidney disease who have willing but incompatible living donors. The donors choose to continue with the process, giving their organs to other patients so that their relatives or friends can get organs from compatible donors.

To read more, visit the Tribune-Review website.

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