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4 People Meet for First Time After Kidney Swaps

It was an emotional meeting for Connecticut group

(Newser) - Four people have met for the first time since a pair of kidney swaps at a Connecticut hospital. The Hartford Courant reports the family of 3-year-old Jeremy Orellana, as well as Fred Ferris, Beth Mix, and Julissa Canales, had an emotional meeting for the first time on Wednesday following the... 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 »

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 »

Kidney Donor's Good Deed Hits Bizarre Snag

Transplant on hold because too much money has been raised

(Newser) - An unusual kidney-donation story has taken another strange turn: A transplant involving a Good Samaritan and a woman in need of a kidney is on hold because a fundraising campaign raised too much money, reports the Portland Press Herald . People moved by the generosity of Josh Dall-Leighton have contributed more... 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 »

Stranger Sees Girls' Plea, Gives Their Dad a Kidney

Donation saves life of Georgia police officer

(Newser) - A Texas man decided to step up and save the life of a total stranger hundreds of miles away after seeing the man's two young daughters plead that "Our Daddy needs a kidney." After Greensboro, Ga., police officer Raleigh Callaway went into stage 5 kidney failure, the... More »

Kidney Donors Have Brains 'Built for Compassion'

'Empathy zone' is bigger than average, study finds

(Newser) - People who donate kidneys to total strangers aren't just bighearted, they're big-brained compared to most people, researchers say. Neurologists scanned the brains of 39 such donors and found that their brains were 9% bigger than non-donors' brains—with significantly greater volume in the part of the brain that... More »

After Transplant Saves Son, Mom Returns Favor

She's donating kidney to father of deceased youth

(Newser) - It’s the kind of organ donation that California hospital officials say they’ve never seen before: The mother of a man who had a lifesaving pancreas transplant almost 10 years ago is now donating her own kidney to the father of the deceased pancreas donor. When Bill Millard’s... More »

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