Record kidney transplant 'chain' had Canadian connection

CTV News | Kieron Lang
A single act of kindness triggered a record-setting chain of transplants that wound up saving 30 lives.

The cascade of transplants, involving 60 donors and recipients in 17 hospitals over the course of four months, began when a California man decided to give the gift of life by donating one of his kidneys to a stranger.

Without a transplant, people suffering from kidney failure are subjected to regular trips to the hospital for dialysis, a blood-cleaning process that filters toxins and maintains the body's liquid balance.

Typical waits for organs from deceased donors can take years, though, in contrast to the potential immediate relief of a living donor. But even those who find a willing donor must ensure their immune systems match.
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