Pay it Forward: Organ Donation

July 21, 2008 9:00:27 PM PDT
It can be a long and agonizing wait for patients needing an organ transplant. Blood types must match and doctors need to make sure the recipient won't reject the donor organ. But there are some breakthroughs today that can help find matches faster even if the donor is not a perfect match.

Back in April, doctors at Johns Hopkins performed the first six-way kidney swap transplant. They matched six donors with six recipients.

Living donor transplants are better for the patient. Kidneys from a living donor last about five years longer than those from a deceased donor.


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