Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey has broken the record for the largest living donor transplant chain for a single hospital in the country. It all started with one donor who helped save more than a dozen people’s lives by triggering a 15-way kidney swap, which has now grown to 46 people and it’s still going.
Transplant chains let willing donors give kidneys to anyone who’s a match, even if that person is a stranger who lives hundreds of miles away. Hospitals and transplant centers can link up several non-matching pairs of patients and move around the available kidneys so everyone ends up with the right organ for them, but has to start with one donor.
This time, the donor was Brian Glennon, who says he was inspired to donate his kidney by the idea of setting up a chain of transplants between folks who aren’t related. “The recovery time is just a little blip in my life compared to the lifestyle that my recipient is going to have,” he explains. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Source: New Jersey News 12