UW Hospital had an integral role in the largest-ever kidney transplant chain this year.
Interactive: Record-setting transplant chain
Kidney patients might have friends or loved ones willing to donate a kidney, but they don’t match. Transplant chains let patients find strangers to give them kidneys in return for their friends or loved ones donating to someone else. The exchanges can last for months. UW Hospital had an integral role in the largest-ever kidney transplant chain this year.
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Transplant chains connect people who need kidneys and their willing but mismatched donors with other incompatible pairs to find suitable donors.