“The exciting work that UNOS is doing to facilitate kidney paired donation will lead to shorter waits, more transplants and better health outcomes,” said United Health Foundation President Kate Rubin. “United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to support an organization that will improve the health and well-being of thousands of people, and even save lives.”Often, kidney donors are genetically related to the transplant candidate; however, candidates are not always compatible with their potential donors. In this instance, KPD allows a potential donor to still donate. “Paired donation,” or “paired exchange,” involves two pairs of potential living kidney donors and transplant candidates who are incompatible. The two candidates exchange donors so that each candidate receives a kidney from a compatible donor. In some cases, this type of exchange has involved multiple living kidney donor/transplant candidate pairs, creating a chain of donors “paying it forward” to benefit others.
United Health Foundation Gives $500,000 To United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS) To Help Expand Kidney Paired Donation Matching Service
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