Kidney Paired Donation: 16 Patients, Four Hospitals, Four States
Surgeries were performed on four separate days at Henry Ford, The Johns Hopkins Hospital in
It is believed to be the largest series of kidney paired donation procedures performed in
The unique organ matching donation takes a group of incompatible donor-recipient pairs and matches them with other pairs in a similar predicament, thus increasing the pool of living-donor kidneys and enabling patients on the transplant waiting list to get transplanted sooner.
At Henry Ford, on the eve of his 14-year wedding anniversary, 57-year-old
A laborer with Farmer’s Elevator and Grain Co. in
Bruce hopes he can return as a full-strength Santa this holiday season.
“I’m looking forward to getting back my quality of life and getting back to where I used to be,” Bruce says.
“As the number of people on a transplant waiting list continues to outnumber available organs, we need to look for innovative ways to help our patients,” Dr. Malinzak says.
The kidney paired donation began
When the Bruces were approached by a Henry Ford kidney transplant coordinator about the paired kidney option, both agreed to participate.
“There wasn’t a decision to be made,”
“I’m anxious for Dan to get well and to have a normal life again,” she says. “I’m looking for the positive; I’m looking forward to our future.”
SOURCE Henry Ford Health System