DOMINO EFFECT: New Albany couple part of historic kidney donor chain

News and Tribune | April Rickert

Ted, left, and Vanessa Burch are pictured in their New Albany home Monday afternoon. Along with six other participants, Ted, 47, was the recipient of a kidney transplant and Vanessa, 43, was a donor in the first kidney-paired donor chain at the University of Kentucky's transplant center in June of this year.

NEW ALBANY — When Ted Burch found out he was a good candidate to receive a much-needed kidney transplant, his wife didn't hesitate to volunteer to be his donor.

The trouble? Vanessa Burch didn't have a compatible blood type.

However, Ted was on a waiting list at the University of Kentucky's transplant center, which was undergoing big changes, and in June, the two, along with six others, became part of the hospital's first kidney paired donor chain. Continue reading