A kidney exchange is an innovative twist on efforts aimed at increasing the donor pool by giving people who are unable to receive a kidney from a loved one or friend the opportunity to still receive a kidney through an exchange between incompatible donor-recipient pairs. Now, with this exciting new program, you can exchange donors with another pair(s) in a similar situation as you, making transplantation possible.
The kidney voucher program is an important innovation in paired kidney donation that enables the living-donor procedure to be uncoupled in time from the recipient’s transplantation.
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1. The first living donor kidney transplant occurred in 1954.
2. Almost half of kidney transplants come from live donors.
3. Humans are born with two kidneys, but can live a normal life with only one.
4. Live donor kidneys last twice as long as a kidney from a deceased donor.
5. 35% of donors are incompatible to a loved one needing a kidney.
6. Lloyd Shapley, late UCLA emeritus professor and Nobel laureate, laid the foundation for advances in the matching of kidney donors with transplant recipients. Read more »