BIRMINGHAM TRANSPLANT LAB WORKER NOW PART OF UAB’S WORLD-RECORD KIDNEY CHAIN

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES | Tyler Greer

Divyank Saini, a UAB lab technologist, donated a kidney to a female patient through the UAB Kidney Chain (Tyler Greer, UAB News)
The folders lining the shelves of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Histocompatibility Lab represent people. Husbands and wives. Children and veterans. Mothers and fathers. Friends and strangers.

There are no faces attached to the folders, but there are names. There are ages. And, there are stories. Stories of need, and stories of hope. The folders represent more than 3,500 Alabamians and others from the Deep South waiting for a transplant that will – at the least – improve their lives, and – at the most – save them.

For Divyank Saini, a UAB lab technologist and one of 17 employees who work behind the scenes at UAB Hospital to bring hope to those waiting on heart, lung, kidney, liver and other transplants, interpreting lab samples to see which folder would match which just was not quite enough. Last year, Saini – known as Div by his colleagues – decided to donate a kidney to someone in need as part of the UAB Kidney Chain. The chain, which celebrated its three-year anniversary in December, has seen 67 patients receive a transplant since it began at UAB Hospital in 2013. At three years old, UAB has the world’s longest ongoing kidney chain.

The 30-year-old Saini became donor No. 57 in March when he donated to 73-year-old Birmingham native Earnestine Johnson, who was recipient No. 57. Continue reading


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