Kidney chain results in five transplants


[Star Tribune, July 22, 2010] An anonymous kidney donor last week launched a chain of 10 surgeries and five transplants at three hospitals in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Though such exchanges have occurred in other states, this is the first time that such a complex kidney swap took place in Minnesota, long a leader in kidney transplantation. The transplant chain included two surgeries at Sanford Health Medical Center in Fargo, four at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and four at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, both in Minneapolis.

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