Boston woman's donation creates 3rd-longest kidney transplant chain, saving 28 people

WCVB | Emily Reimer

BOSTON — A lot of people love Christine Gentry.

"I wouldn't be here without her," said Henrietta Oparah. "She's numero uno for me."\Gentry made a decision last year that saved not only Oparah, but also 27 other people, all waiting desperately for a new kidney.

Oparah remembers getting the call from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

"She said, 'You have a kidney,'" Oparah recalled. "She said, 'You have almost the perfect match.' And I just burst out crying."

The kidney that Oparah received was the last organ donated in the third-longest chain of kidney transplants in the world.

And it all started with Gentry.

"They almost always need someone like me -- a good Samaritan donor -- to kick it off," she said.

In Massachusetts right now, there are 2,265 people waiting for a kidney. Nationally, the list has 97,393 names.

When Gentry learned a friend of hers was on it, she went through the long process to donate and was approved. However, her friend found a better match, leaving Gentry with a choice. Continue reading 
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