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Kidney Chains Now an Option for Children Waiting for Transplant in Seattle

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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