Kidney paired donation (KPD) is a transplant option for candidates who have a living donor who is medically able, but cannot donate a kidney to their intended candidate because they are incompatible (i.e., poorly matched).
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KPD success stories
- Success Story – Jodi
- Success Story – Letty
- Success Story – Virginia
- Success Story – Ken and Val
- Success Story – Randy and Joan
The Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program
The KPD Pilot Program is part of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The OPTN is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) through a contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
- Vision: Every kidney transplant candidate with an incompatible but willing and approved living donor receives a living donor kidney transplant.
- Mission: Develop a successful KPD program with universal access to all OPTN members that prioritizes the medical and psychosocial safety of living donors and candidates.
The OPTN registers and tracks everyone who registers in the Pilot Program. Transplant center staff enter eligible donor and recipient medical information into UNOS’ computerized system. UNOS works with transplant centers throughout the United States to search for cases where the donor in each pair is compatible with the recipient in another pair (or multiple pairs). By exchanging donors, a compatible match for both recipients can be found.
KPD in the news
- Seattle kidney chain changes 8 lives: ‘It’s the gift of life’
- Two families thankful for each other after organ donation swap of kidneys
- Coach finds a way to donate kidney to former student
- Kidney paired donation pilot program: Five years of lifesaving service
- 100th living donor kidney transplant arranged through OPTN/UNOS Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program
- These four people donated organs to complete strangers
- The OPTN/UNOS KPD Program: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
- KPD program continues to grow
- KPD program the beneficiary of generous assistance
- OPTN/UNOS Board addresses KPD requirements
- Additional KPD transplants performed
- First KPD transplants performed as part of national pilot program
- KPD pilot program to begin matching in October; participating programs named