Feeds

US docs claim world record musical-kidneys game

Eight-way, four-hospital transcontinental organ swap

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

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
Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray
Want to arm that shark? Better get in there quick
Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins
Robo-sub scans freezing waters, rocks warming models
Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU
Doctors find new Digitillnesses - 'text neck' and 'telepressure'
SEX BEAST SEALS may be egging each other on to ATTACK PENGUINS
Boffin: 'I think the behaviour is increasing in frequency'
Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs
And a floating carrier for recyclable rockets
The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS
Your brother's gonna die, kid, unless we can give him your, well ...
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers
Windmills, solar, tidal - all a 'false hope', say Stanford PhDs
Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k
3 days, and Kickstarter moves lander 37% nearer takeoff
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
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.
Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
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?