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Monday, February 20, 2012

Living Donor Kidney Transplants Can Be Life Savers

eMaxHealth | Deborah Michelle

The recent report about a chain of 60 operations that allowed 30 people who desperately needed a kidney transplant to receive an organ from a living donor may set off a new interest in living donor kidney transplants. The series of surgeries, named Chain 124 by the nonprofit National Kidney Registry, took place over a four-month period and occurred in 11 states in 17 different hospitals.

How the chain of kidney donations started

Briefly, the chain of living donor kidney transplants was triggered by Rick Ruzzamenti, who, at age 44, impulsively decided to donate one of his kidneys to a stranger after hearing that a woman at his yoga studio had donated a kidney to a friend.

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