|Healthy kidneys can be transplanted from a living donor (Photo: Getty Images)|
Rule changes last year mean more healthy kidneys are available – bringing fresh hope to thousands of patients on the waiting list.
From April 2015, it became possible for a stranger to give up a kidney and spark a series of donations. We have discovered that for each of 16 such donations, three people received a transplant.
Previously, the chain was limited to two people who were in the National Living Donor Sharing Scheme, set up to allow pooling of organs from willing donors not a match for their own sick loved ones.
Under triple transplant chains, a stranger’s kidney is allocated to the first recipient, a patient who is enrolled in the sharing scheme. Continue reading
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