Donors and recipients meet after successful 12-person kidney transplant exchange

Thursday, March 01, 2018 05:29PM
Donors and recipients meet after successful 12-person kidney transplant exchange - Rick Williams reports during Action News at 5pm on March 1, 2018.


CHICAGO - Doctors in Chicago have taken the wraps off a12-person kidney transplant exchange - what they call a remarkable "swapp-ortunity."

The 6 Donors and 6 recipients from the 3-day surgery chain met for the first time at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The 6 pairs consisted of 3 sets of friends, an aunt and a niece, second cousins, and a Good Samaritan.

None knew until they met who got who's kidney.

"I have so much to tell him. That kidney has been all over the world, and I want him to take good care of it. That kidney has eaten a lot of good food," said donor, Kim Cooper.

"It was extremely rewarding. It was a relief that we were able to get it off successfully," said Dr.Joseph Leventhal.

The chief transplant surgeon says the success of the chain speaks to the power of living donation.

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