Feeds

US docs claim world record musical-kidneys game

Eight-way, four-hospital transcontinental organ swap

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Topflight doctors in America have claimed a world record for "the first eight-way, multihospital, domino kidney transplant". The multiple organ-swap involved four hospitals, almost a hundred medical personnel, eight donors, eight recipients and sixteen different kidneys - many of which latter made transcontinental journeys during the process.

Multiple organ transplants of this type generally involve several people needing a kidney who have managed to find someone who will let them have one, but whose organs are incompatible with their bodies. Tradeoffs among several pairs can be arranged such that everyone gets a kidney which won't be rejected by their body.

The "domino" effect referred to by doctors is started by an "altruistic" donor - one who is willing to give up a kidney to anyone, rather than only to a specific person. This starts the chain moving, in this case making seven other interconnected transplants possible.

The hospitals involved were the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Pamela Paulk, vice president of human resources at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was one of the donors.

"I always knew I was going to donate. I was just waiting for the right time," said Paulk, who handed over one of her kidneys to "a friend and colleague who lost function of his kidneys three years ago". The generous hospital executive blogs about the kidney-giving experience here.

Johns Hopkins docs believe that a national musical-kidneys scheme modelled on the recent successful operation-chain could see another 1500 kidneys swap bodies annually. With 84,000 people in America needing new ones and only 6,000 donations per year at present, that will have a noticeable impact.

There's more from Johns Hopkins here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION
Robot minishuttle X-37B returns after almost 2 years in orbit
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?
How artificial lighting could offer an artificial promise
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.