100th living donor kidney transplant arranged through KPD Pilot Program

100th living donor kidney transplant arranged through KPD Pilot Program

A series of three living donor kidney transplants performed July 7, 2014, marked the 98th, 99th and 100th that were arranged through the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program (KPDPP).  Two of the transplants occurred at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, Pa., while another took place at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago.

“This is a significant milestone for our program.  It is also a tribute both to the people who help save others through donation and the professionals who are able to find compatible recipients,” said Carl Berg, M.D., OPTN/UNOS President.  “The program has especially helped a number of people who were highly immunosensitized, meaning that their chances of finding a compatible match were very low without having a system like this available.”

The program identifies compatible matches for living donor kidney transplants at 138 participating hospitals nationwide.  In some instances, the potential living donor had intended to help a specific transplant candidate but was not a biologic match with that person.  Other transplant combinations have been made possible by a non-directed living donor (someone who did not specify a recipient, but wished to help a candidate identified by the matching program).

In addition to OPTN funding, the program has been made possible by charitable support and in-kind donations from a number of individuals and organizations.  For a list of corporate partners, as well as additional information about the program for potential donors and recipients and transplant professionals, visit the resource page of the UNOS website.

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