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Nursing kidney donation triggers bi-state transplantation chain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A nurse decision to donate a kidney to a patient triggered a series of events that…

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A nurse decision to donate a kidney to a patient triggered a series of events that led to three people getting new bodies at two Kansas City hospitals.

Christa Jordan, a nurse at Children‘s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, would donate to her friend and patient, Dayshanae Hosman, who has a genetic condition called Alagille Syndrome and went on dialysis in April, reported Kansas City Star.

“I just knew there was something I had to do,” said Jordan. “It was not something I questioned so much.”

Jordan was a Hosman transplant, but the University of Kansas Hospital was even better for her 25-year-old Ky Kanaman from Baldwin City, Kansas. Kanaman was an “altruistic donor”, meaning he was willing to donate a kidney without knowing the potential recipient.

The University Hospital told Jordan that she was also a better match for someone on the transplant list she did not know, Lauro Zuniga.

Jordan agreed to give her kidney to Zuniga if Kanaman donated his to Hosman, started the kidney donation chain.

Zuniga’s mother, Carolina Perez, was not one match for her son. But when Jordan agreed to give her kidney to Zuniga, Perez discovered that she could give one of her kidneys to a stranger at the University Hospital’s list, Matt Lewis.

Donation chains are rare because they require extensive planning of hospitals from when a donor wants to give a person that they are not a good match with. The hospital then can find the transducer a receiver as they match but do not know sparks conversations to find sensor-receiver matches that fit the best.

Six operations were carried out at the two hospitals on October 29 and October 30. The three donors and three recipients gathered on Children’s Mercy on Wednesday, with many meetings for the first time.

“I feel like I won the lottery,” says Lewis, Savonburg, Kansas.


Information from: Kansas City Star,

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