Kidney Chains Now an Option for Children Waiting for Transplant in Seattle
Belinda Hudson’s son, Nigel, was born with irreversible kidney damage and recently started dialysis. She wanted to donate a kidney to her son, but she wasn't compatible. Instead of going onto the waiting list which can take years, the family joined a kidney chain where a living donor gives a kidney to a stranger and then gets a kidney for a loved one. Belinda's donated kidney went to a patient at UCLA. Their chain lasted three weeks and involved 28 surgeries across the country, with 14 donors and 14 recipients. It was a first for Seattle Children's. Dr. Patrick Healey, division chief of transplantation at Seattle Children's, is quoted in the article.
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