Kidney Chain

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The Kidney Exchange Program offers more patients access to a donor kidney. Call 310-267-6907 to learn more.

If you are a kidney donor, please contact the Living Donor Line at 866-672-5333.

What is a Kidney Chain?

A kidney donor chain creates opportunities for endless recipient-donor pairings. It starts with an altruistic donor - someone who wants to donate a kidney out of the goodness of his or her heart. That kidney is transplanted into a recipient who had a donor willing to give a kidney, but was not a match. To keep the chain going, the incompatible donor gives a kidney to a patient unknown to him or her who has been identified as a match, essentially "paying it forward." A specialized computer program matches donors and recipients across the country.

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