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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