Jul
24
2007

Kidney chain: Mixing and matching for donors

Kidney trading: Through a new concept of "paired donation," more people should be able to get kidney transplants faster. Someone needing a kidney, but finding a donor who is not a match will offer that kidney to someone else if they find someone who will donate a kidney that matches their physiology.
Kidney trading: Through a new concept of "paired donation," more people should be able to get kidney transplants faster. Someone needing a kidney, but finding a donor who is not a match will offer that kidney to someone else if they find someone who will donate a kidney that matches their physiology.
Kidney donations have been a pretty common medical procedure for years. But new ground will be broken this week with the first “donation chain” kidney procedures.

We’ve heard the heartbreaking stories. A person with bad kidneys needs a new one. Plenty of family and friends are willing to give up one of theirs, but they’re not a safe medical match.

Donation chains hope to break through those problems. A willing donor is put on a list to give their kidney to someone else who is a match. The organization Alliance for Paired Donation than sorts through all those donors and match-makes kidney donors with people all over the country.

So to participate, a kidney receiver needs offer up a kidney from a willing donor that will go to someone else.

Currently there are more than 72,000 people in U.S. who need kidney donations. This new concept hopes to open up a lot more options to get them the life-saving organs they need faster. While standard kidney donations can take years to line up, for paired donations, the wait is likely to be shorter, in part because while everybody on a paired donation list needs a kidney, everybody on the list also signs up with a person who has a kidney to give.

More information on the Alliance for Paired Donation is available at its website: www.paireddonation.org.

So what do you think? Is this a good way to speed up needed organ transplants? Are there any ethical problems you see with this process? Share your views here with Science Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Liza's picture
Liza says:

Oh, so cool! As of last summer, only about 400 living donors in the whole country had donated organs to strangers, so this program fills a real need.

It's definitely less ethically-problematic than South Carolina's proposed legislation to reduce prison sentences for convicts who agree to donate organs!

posted on Tue, 07/24/2007 - 4:15pm
jewls4sur's picture
jewls4sur says:

this is a true lifesaver and Dr. Rees is a true HERO! for someone like me it is truly a gift from God! my 17-year-old daughter was almost one of the 12 people who die every day waiting for a kidney - i am unable to donate to her - but thru programs like this, other parents don't need to be in the same situation. Dr. Rees did my daughter's 2nd transplant in April and she is doing GREAT!

posted on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 8:08am
kanna's picture
kanna says:

please donate your body parts after your death. those can give life to many. you can still alive. please.........................

posted on Tue, 07/13/2010 - 5:50am

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