Photo: From left, David Brady of Minden, Regan Eilers, of Carson City, Diane Ortenzio-Cooling and Toby Cooling both of Gardnervielle stand in the hall at California Pacific Medical Center after a press conference in Thursday in San Fransisco. Brady and Ortenzio-Cooling donated their kidneys and Eilers and Cooling were recipients of a 4-way kidney swap. All four participated in the living donor program run at the hospital. It matches donors with the needs of patients making it possible to donate a kidney fo a friend or family member even if the donor isn't a match. / Liz Margerum/RGJ
Two and a half weeks ago, four Northern Nevadans travelled to San Francisco to partake in a kidney-swapping transplant surgery that would end their days on dialysis and help them regain their lives.
The donors volunteered to give their kidneys to either their spouse or friend, but their kidney was not a match. So, they were all put in a database at California Pacific Medical Center that matches kidneys according to blood type and best genetic match.
The local groups who entered the program included a married couple from Gardnerville and two good friends from Carson City and Minden. In a conference room Thursday at California Pacific Medical Center, they and other donors and recipients got to meet for the first time.