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United States: Successful Living Kidney Donor Chain Completed at Hackensack University Medical Center Saves Lives, Linking Families for Life

April is National Donate Life Month. In honor of this, Hackensack University Medical Center announced its transplant team completed a unique living Kidney Transplant Donor chain – in which each living donor gives to a stranger and the chain keeps going – that saved two lives, linking three different families for life. According to Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS, interim chief of transplantation, director of kidney & pancreas transplantation, Division of Organ Transplantation, Hackensack University Medical Center, there are so many people on a waiting list for a kidney, and a kidney transplant from a living donor has a longer average lifespan. Living donor kidney chains like this one are rare in New Jersey and Dr. Goldstein and his team hopes more people come forward to make altruistic donations.

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