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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Kidney Swap Bonds Families

Heartwarming Thanksgiving Story #234 (in the Organ Donation Division):

Two men need kidneys.  In each case, their spouses aren't a good match, but each spouse matches the other's husband.  Solution: kidney swap.  The only glitch that occurred was an inadvertent violation of the transplant center's rule that the donor families shouldn't meet beforehand, in case one or the other (or the other or the other) doesn't click and backs out at the last minute. Due to a scheduling error, however, all four got on the hospital's elevator, each with his or her overnight bag, at 6 a.m. the morning of the operations (4 of them).  They quickly deduced why they were all there. The couples have become fast friends, going out to dinner twice a month and spending Thanksgiving together this year.

The AP story is here. [tm]

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