What is a Paired Kidney Exchange?
A paired kidney exchange occurs when a living kidney donor is not compatible with the recipient, and so exchanges kidneys with another donor/recipient pair. For example, Gary Smith (Founder of the K.E.C and former paired kidney exchange donor) was an incompatible match for his brother Layne who needed a kidney. Two brothers, Devin & Jason Baum in Washington state, found themselves in the same situation because they too were an incompatible match to one another. However, it was found through blood testing that Gary was a match to Jason, the brother in Washington state who needed a kidney, and Jason's brother Devin, was a match to Layne. Therefor, thanks to the advancements in transplant procedures, a paired exchange of kidneys was able to take place from one unrelated brother to another. (For more details on this story, click here)
To read an article explaining a paired kidney exchange further, please visit: http://lkdn.org/overview_of_living_tx2.html . Listed below are more resources to learn more about Paired Kidney Exchange procedures and donor/recipient opportunities.
PAIRED DONATION NETWORKS
Alliance for Paired Donation (APD)
Phone: 419-866-5505, toll-free: 877-APD-4ALL
Program began: 2006
# of Transplants in 2008: 19
# of Transplants to Date: 32
Eligibility: Anyone who has a willing donor can register with APD, even if registered with another network.
How to register: Contact APD directly by phone, visit their website or contact a transplant center that partners with APD. See list on website.
Additional Services: Financial assistance for transplant travel expenses, post surgery medications and other unforeseen financial struggles related to surgery.
List of Partners: http://www.paireddonation.org/alliance.htm
California Pacific Medical Center
# of Transplants: 220 (Living Donor -- 91)
Eligibility: Anyone is eligible to enroll
The Kidney Team runs data for interested donor-recipient pairs on our kidney transplant wait list, using a new software, Silverstone Solution’s Matchmaker©, to identify potentially compatible donor-recipient pair(s) with whom a paired kidney transplant may be feasible. ?Data suggests that an individual has about a 1 in 5 chance of finding a compatible donor-recipient pair.
Johns Hopkins Kidney Paired Donation Program
Phone: 410-614-6074, option #1 or 888-908-5728
Website: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/Programs/InKTP/kidneypaireddonation.html - Baltimore, MD
Program began: 2001
# of Transplants to Date: 54 (as of 1/08)
National Kidney Registry
Phone: (800) 936-1627
# of Transplants in 2010: 130
# of Transplants to Date: 213
Eligibility: Anyone is eligible.
How to register: Register with a participating transplant center or contact the National Kidney Registry if your center is not on the list of participating centers.
New England Paired Kidney Exchange (NEPKE)
Phone: (800) 446-6362
Program began: 2000 with manual system. *Began with computerized matching in 2005.
# of Transplants in 2008: 9
# of Transplants to Date: 38
Eligibility: Must have a willing but incompatible donor. Even potential recipients outside of New England are eligible to participate in the registry.
How to Register: Contact NEPKE through their website or by phone to register, or contact an affiliated transplant center.
The Paired Donation Network (PDN)
Phone: 859-291-3431, 1-800-532-0642
Program began: 2004
# of Transplants in 2008: 14
# of Transplants to Date: 62
Pairs Currently in database: 208
Eligibility: Anyone who has a donor that isn’t a match.
How to register: Through a member hospital or by contacting the Paired Donation Network.
List of Partners: http://www.paireddonationnetwork.org/TransplantPrograms.aspx
Contact for Updates: Teresa Braun, Executive Director
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