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New Method Could Revolutionize Kidney Transplants

Incompatible organs now much easier to transplant

(Newser) - Exciting news for people on transplant waiting lists: In a breakthrough that experts say could revolutionize kidney transplants, a new procedure called "desensitization" has allowed doctors to alter patients' immune systems and give them kidneys from living donors previously considered incompatible, reports the New York Times . Patients who received... More »

Woman Finds Lifesaving Kidney Donor on ... Tinder?

Erika Bragan will receive kidney from friend's Tinder date on Nov. 18

(Newser) - Four people approached Erika Bragan hoping their kidney would be the one to save her life. None were matches. Then Rich O'Dea and Jennifer Thomas swiped right on Tinder. Now "we have a dating app to thank for saving my wife's life," Bragan's husband, Scott,... More »

Bestselling Author Repays Favorite Teacher, Big-Time

Brad Meltzer helped Ellen Sherman get a new kidney

(Newser) - Ellen Sherman taught Brad Meltzer history when he was in high school decades ago; she was his favorite teacher, and now Meltzer is a bestselling author of, among other things, books about history. And boy, did Meltzer find a way to repay Sherman for believing in him all those years... More »

Dying Son Saves His Mother's Life

She receives his kidney after he suffers a stroke

(Newser) - A woman in suburban Chicago received a kidney transplant this month that turned out to be a near perfect match, and a life-saving one. But Rose Perry's good fortune is tempered by tragedy: The kidney came from her son, a 24-year-old who suffered a stroke out of the blue... More »

Woman Who Loves to Help Redditors Goes to Extreme

Kayla Davis needed a kidney; Jennifer Moss gave her one

(Newser) - Kayla Davis, 26, has had kidney disease from age 10, and went on dialysis in September 2011. She needed a kidney, and family members weren't good matches; a Facebook page set up to look for a donor yielded no one. Then, "almost like a last resort," the... More »

Woman Finds Kidney Donor —via Plea on Car Window

Maine man responds to woman's plea, is a match

(Newser) - It's not everyone who appeals to strangers they pass on the road to give them an organ, and it's definitely not everyone who spots such an appeal, turns to his wife, and says, "Did you get her number? Text her right now." But two such strangers... More »

Woman Gives Kidney to Stranger, Triggers a Chain Reaction

6 patients, 6 donors in rare series of linked transplants

(Newser) - In a rare series of interlinked operations, six patients are getting kidney transplants from six donors at a San Francisco hospital. Dr. William Bry, a surgeon at California Pacific Medical Center, said the "kidney paired donations" are occurring thanks to a woman who started a chain of donations and... More »

Good Samaritan Donating Kidney to Young Stranger

Florida woman was moved by plight of Minnesota's Arianna Moore

(Newser) - A Minnesota toddler is getting a kidney next month thanks to a total stranger who stumbled onto a Facebook post, reports My Fox Twin Cities . Donor Christy Harding of Jacksonville, Florida, tells First Coast News that she happened onto a Facebook page seeking help for 2-year-old Arianna Moore. Harding has... More »

Farmer Lets Hunter Use His Land, Gets a Kidney

One stranger saves another's life

(Newser) - There's the donor waiting list, and then there's this: A Mississippi hunter who knocked on a Kansas farmer's door seeking permission to hunt ended up giving the stranger a kidney. As the AP recounts, Rob Robinson first knocked on Gil Alexander's door in 2008 to hunt... More »

5-Foot 'Snow Kidney' May Have Found Man a Donor

Jim Gorbunow thought sculpture would get him some attention

(Newser) - Jim Gorbunow is thinking outside the box when it comes to finding a kidney donor: To draw attention to his plight, the Minnesota man built a 5-foot snow sculpture of a kidney in his front yard last week ... and named it "Kevin." Gorbunow's brother helped him build... More »

Kidney Transplant Patient Marries His Donor

Kyle Froelich, Chelsea Clair a good match in more ways than one

(Newser) - Kyle Froelich's kidneys were failing, and he'd been waiting for a good match—little did he know what his plight would bring him. He met Chelsea Clair in 2009; she'd heard about him, and almost immediately decided to give him her kidney. Froelich, then 19, and Clair,... More »

Man Walks Streets to Find Kidney for Wife, Succeeds

Donor comes forward after hearing of SC man's devotion

(Newser) - A devoted husband's determination to find the new kidney his wife desperately needed has paid off. Larry Swilling, 78, walked hundreds of miles around South Carolina over the last year with a sandwich board reading "Need Kidney 4 Wife." He says a donor has finally come forward,... More »

Scientists 'Grow' Kidney in Lab

Engineered rat kidneys a step toward helping humans

(Newser) - In a breakthrough with the potential to save many thousands of lives, scientists have "grown" a kidney that produced urine both in the lab and after being transplanted into a rat. The new kidneys were created by stripping old kidneys of their cells and pumping the remaining "scaffold"... More »

First Organ Transplant Doctor Dead at 93

Dr. Joseph Murray won Nobel for pioneering work

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people alive today owe their lives to techniques pioneered by Dr. Joseph Murray, who has died at the age of 93 in the same Boston hospital where he carried out the world's first successful human organ transplant. Murray made history in 1954 when he transplanted... More »

Insurers Shun Guy Who Donated Kidney

Radburn Royer finds helping his daughter was more expensive than he thought

(Newser) - Thinking about donating a kidney to a friend or loved one in need? Well, it might cost more than you think. The New York Times talked to a few donors who said that private insurers wouldn't touch them after the operation, even though they were otherwise healthy and had... More »

One Human Organ Sold Illegally Every Single Hour

Big money, growing demand fuel black market for kidneys and more

(Newser) - The illegal organ trade around the world is booming, with almost 11,000 organs bought on the black market in 2010, according to a World Health Organization estimate. That works out to more than one per hour, calculates the Guardian ; it takes a specific look at kidneys, which make up... More »

Facebook Is a Great Place to Find a Kidney

One study finds one in eight Facebook pleas successful

(Newser) - People are increasingly turning to social media to search for kidney donors—and it turns out Facebook is actually a pretty great place to find one. In a study of almost 100 Facebook pages set up for the purpose, researchers found that nearly one-third had potential donors step forward to... More »

Facebook's Organ Donor Push Should Go Further

Nation needs more living donors to step forward: Sally Satel

(Newser) - Facebook did a wonderful thing when it made it easy for people to register as organ donors upon death, writes Sally Satel at Bloomberg View . The number of future donors surged, and it looks to be more than a fleeting spike. The problem is that it's not nearly enough,... More »

Kidney Gets Donated—Twice

Surgeons recycle organ being rejected by first recipient

(Newser) - It turns out you can recycle just about anything these days—even kidneys and other organs donated for transplants. In what is believed to be the first documented case of its kind in the US, a transplanted kidney that was failing was removed from a patient while he was still... More »

I Donated a Kidney, and You Should Too

It's a big deal for the recipient, but not for the donor: Jim Sollisch

(Newser) - "Most of us are walking around with a pretty impressive spare part," writes Jim Sollisch, one that 90,000 people are in the market for—a kidney. Sollisch is at 53% kidney function after donating his "spare part" to a co-worker, and will eventually hit 65%—only... More »

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