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Johns Hopkins Leads Prototype Kidney Swap

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, with Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, completed a six-way domino kidney transplant on February 14, 2009.

Twelve patients, ages 23 to 70, took part in the historic mixing and matching of incompatible donor-recipient pairs from across the country; one man and five women gave organs to four men and two women. The chain began when an altruistic donor asked the Hopkins team to help her give a kidney to a stranger in need.

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Stories about the transplant:

The MatchmakersThe Matchmakers
A behind the scenes account of the transplant
ShelbyShelby's Story
Meet Shelby Fletcher, one of the transplant patients
Transplant TimetableTransplant Timetable
Read a minute by minute account of the surgery