BETHESDA, Md., June 13, 2016 — Walter Reed National Military Medical Center officials today announced a pilot program to pioneer kidney paired donation chains started via the military share program, in which families of active duty military service members donate one of their kidneys to patients listed for transplant at the medical center’s campus here.
Kidney paired donation is a transplant option for candidates who have a living donor who is medically able, but cannot donate a kidney to their intended candidate because they are incompatible. In announcing the program as part of the White House-hosted Organ Summit, officials said this effort is to help sensitized patients, who are hard to match, to receive kidney transplants.
Through this initiative, service members around the country also can help some of the hardest-to-match veterans and their dependents to receive transplants using kidneys from the military share program, while at the same time facilitating life-saving kidney-paired donation chains for civilian patients, officials said.
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