Paired Kidney Transplant
On April 21, 2010, Howard Irving Scott, III, of Macon, Georgia, received a new kidney at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The kidney came to him as part of a six-person paired kidney transplant "chain," in which three recipients and three donors were cross-matched. One of the participants was a friend of his, Casey Campbell. Although Scott did not receive Campbell's kidney, her participation in the program made the "chain" transplant possible, saving Scott the possibility of waiting five years on a kidney.
The Emory Kidney Transplant Program provides state-of-the-art evaluation, medical and surgical treatment, and follow-up care for patients approaching or at end stage renal disease (ESRD). Although not considered a cure for patients with ESRD, kidney transplantation offers preferable alternatives to dialysis for many patients.
Emory's Kidney Transplant Program ranks as one of the most prestigious solid organ transplant programs in the Southeast and in the country. In 1966, Emory performed Georgia's first kidney transplant, and our program continues to expand with kidney transplantation increasing to approximately 150 deceased donor and living donor transplants each year. Additionally, our survival rates are among the highest in the country as the school at Emory is constantly devising new strategies through research methods to prevent organ rejection.
The generous act of donating a kidney can be an incredible and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Kidney transplantation can improve the length and quality of the recipient's life and strengthen the feeling of closeness between the recipient and the donor. Donation is an important decision, which involves potential benefits and risks.
The Emory transplant team will evaluate each potential donor very carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Emory transplant coordinator at 404-727-3250 or toll free 1-866-727-3250. Additional information regarding transplantation can be found at www.unos.org.
The Emory Healthcare web site provides info to help you understand Emory's living donor process.