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Chain of Kidney Donations Followed a Good Gesture

by Kathy Jones on August 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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 Chain of Kidney Donations Followed a Good Gesture

A 35-year old North Carolina resident's decision to donate her kidney to a stranger kick started a chain of kidney donations which saved five lives.

Honica Brittman, a mother of four, decided to donate her kidney for free to a stranger after she found out that she was unable to donate it to a family friend as she was not compatible. Her kidney was transplanted in New York's Adam Abernathy, both of whose kidneys were functioning only at five percent.

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Abernathy's life partner, David Ferguson was willing to donate his kidney as he was a universal match and would be compatible with anyone. Ferguson was willing to donate his kidney to Adam but instead decided to donate it for another person who was looking for a specific blood type.

Ferguson's kidney was donated to a businessman in New York while the businessman's son donated his kidney to a 23-year old man from Haiti whose father in turn donated his kidney to a retired teacher from New Jersey.
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Dr Lloyd Ratner, who is the director of renal and pancreatic transplantation at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia, said that Brittman's act of altruism started a cycle that saved five lives. "That set off a chain of events where we were able to use a person who is a universal donor to give to someone who could only receive a blood group O kidney. And then we matched the ages of the recipients, as well as the blood types, with the donor and we resulted in five transplants plus someone who didn't have a donor on our waiting list getting a kidney as well", he said.

Source: Medindia
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