WHO GETS THE KIDNEY?
SHOULD YOUNGER RECIPIENTS GET YOUNGER KIDNEYS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
UNOS stands for United Network for Organ Sharing, and oversees distribution of organs for transplant. UNOS has now opened a public forum for discussion on the idea that kidneys and recipients should be paired more closely with regard to probable longevity. Dorry Segev, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins and one author of the idea, explains.
SEGEV: One thing thatís important to understand is that this is a concept for public comment only. This is not a proposal and this is not a new system thatís being implemented yet. And the concept is that every person has a certain amount of time that they will last and every kidney has a certain amount of time that it will last. And the concept is to try to maximize how long kidneys will last by placing them in the people that will last just as long as the kidneys. :30
At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.