Woman donates kidney to stranger, sister gets transplant in paired swap

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Tammy Smith
Photo: P. KEVIN MORLEY/TIMES-DISPATCHArtice Appling (left) and her sister, Tuwanda Crider. In September, Appling donated a kidney to a stranger whose relative nonated a kidney to Crider. Oct. 19, 2015.

Every year, dozens of kidney swaps — or paired exchanges — take place, allowing people in need of kidney transplants and with a loved one willing to donate but not a good match to do an “exchange” with another donor-recipient pair in the same predicament.

Tuwanda Crider, 43, of Lynchburg, needed a kidney transplant, and her sister Artice Appling, 36, of Richmond, wanted to donate to her, but was not a match.

So after a long wait for a deceased donor kidney, and after multiple family members, including Crider’s husband, were tested and ruled out as possible donors, Crider turned to a paired exchange.

Crider and Appling were listed with two of several organizations that coordinate such exchanges — the National Kidney Registry and the United Network for Organ Sharing’s kidney paired donation program — and eventually got the call from Virginia. Continue reading

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