The Independent | Jeremy Laurence
It began with an electrical contractor in Riverside, California called Rick Ruzzamenti who, after chatting to someone in his yoga class, decided to donate a kidney to a stranger.
Four months and 60 operations later, the longest kidney transplant chain in the world – with 30 patients receiving a kidney from 30 living donors – was completed when Don Terry, a diabetic who lives in Chicago, received a new organ at the Loyola University Medical Centre.
The extraordinary feat, which involved military-style planning, saw operations carried out over four months in 17 hospitals across 11 states, with newly-donated kidneys being flown coast to coast to ensure organs were matched to the right recipient.
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