Six-Way Kidney Swap

NEWSWISE | Houston Methodist

Newswise — A stranger began a chain of events that eventually saved the lives of six people in desperate need of new kidneys. Her organ donation triggered a six-way kidney swap at Houston Methodist Hospital in July, the second largest of its kind performed at one institution in Texas.

“To give a kidney to someone you do not know is an incredibly generous thing to do,” said A. Osama Gaber, M.D., director of Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center and one of the surgeons who took part in the swap. “These donors are true heroes.”

The chain was started by Dana Edson, a nurse from Kerrville, Texas. Earlier this year, she cared for an acquaintance from church, who mentioned that she only had one kidney because she had given her son one of her kidneys 16 years ago. She then told Edson that he was in need of another transplant because that kidney was failing. Without hesitation, Edson offered to be tested to see if she was a match for the son whom she had never met.

“It turned out that I was match for her son and could have donated directly to him, but was told by Dr. Gaber that I could help more people if I would be willing to donate to another stranger,” Edson said. “I knew I was being called by God to do this and wanted to help as many people as I could with my one donation.” Continue reading
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