First kidney donation to travel over an ocean goes to Colorado man

9 NEWS | Christine Noel


KUSA - It’s a way of paying it forward that far outreaches any small act of kindness: Donating an organ to a stranger.

It all began with a Good Samaritan kidney donor who set off a chain of organ donations.

The Paired Kidney exchange program, also known as a "kidney swap", happens when a living kidney donor is not compatible with their recipient (i.e. two best friends wanting to be a donor/recipient pair but not being compatible), so kidney exchanges will occur with another donor/recipient pair that is a correct match.

In turn, each donor will donate a kidney and each recipient will match with a donor somewhere who has signed up for the program.

It’s a win-win that doctors believe increases the chances of those needing a kidney of receiving one.

Last week, Good Samaritan donor Jim Frederick from Colorado Springs donated one of his kidneys simply because he wanted to help someone else. Continue reading
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