Living Donor Kidney Transplant Chain is Longest on Record

On August 6–7, a living-donor kidney transplant chain that began on December 5, 2013, reached a record milestone of 51 transplants at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The chain of transplants involved people from 11 states, and was started by an altruistic donation from Paula Kok. In all, there have been 102 total surgeries since, which included 51 nephrectomies and 51 transplants. Jayme Locke, MD, surgical director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program in UAB’s School of Medicine, said that since Ms. Kok’s donation they have had other altruistic, nondirected donors come forward as well.

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On August 6–7, a living-donor kidney transplant chain that began on December 5, 2013, reached a record milestone of 51 transplants at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The chain of transplants involved people from 11 states, and was started by an altruistic donation from Paula Kok. In all, there have been 102 total surgeries since, which included 51 nephrectomies and 51 transplants. Jayme Locke, MD, surgical director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program in UAB’s School of Medicine, said that since Ms. Kok’s donation they have had other altruistic, nondirected donors come forward as well.

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