written by
Harvey Mysel

13 Transplant.....26 Operations

1 min read

Thirteen men and women have a second chance at life. They all received new kidneys in a groundbreaking series of transplants at Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center. These 2 hospitals....applause.....got together and were able to match people to make it happen.

Paired kidney exchanges are now quite common, but 13 transplants at once...WOW!

It amounts to the largest kidney transplant in history. It was a complicated puzzle of mixing and matching 13 donors and 13 recipients.

One recipient, Christopher Conte, a single father of four, spent 10 hours a day on dialysis. "This is the clearest lesson about the kindness of strangers and never underestimate it."

Tom Otten, who donated his kidney, said, "My goal was to get my wife healed, but in addition to that, I got to help another family and be part of this whole big chain."

Then there is the Sylvia Glasers, the altruistic donors' doctors hope this story inspires. Glaser didn't know anyone in need but gave nonetheless.

She said, "It's doing a kindness and saving someone's life, and that's what I feel that I've done."

Roughly 82,000 people are on the kidney transplant list in the U.S. The Washington Metro area has one of the highest rates of kidney disease.

To read the full story - https://www.renalandurologynews.com/home/news/nephrology/transplantation/transplant-get-togethers-may-boost-donations/

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