Eight patient Kidney Transplant Exchange – A medical First in ConnecticutDaniel McCarthy (Author) Published Date : Mar 13, 2015 05:32 IST
In a first of its kind multiple surgery in Yale-New Haven Hospital, 4 patients suffering from long term kidney disease each got a new lease of life with paired kidney transplants.
A paired kidney exchange, also known as a kidney swap occurs when a living kidney donor is not compatible with the recipient, and exchanges kidneys with another donor/recipient pair.
Two live donor transplants would then occur. This kidney paired donation transplant enables recipients to receive healthy, more compatible kidneys.
In a historic eight-patient kidney transplant that took place on March 3 at Yale-New Haven Hospital, David Rennie, Raymond Murphy, Mario Garcia, and Edward Brakoniecki received compatible kidneys that saved them from a very painful life attached to dialysis machines.
David received a kidney from donor Patricia Menno-Coveney, of Mystic. Menno-Coveney was what's known as an altruistic donor -- a living person who volunteers to donate an organ or organs to a complete stranger.
Raymond Murphy of Old Saybook received kidney from David s wife Margaret. Sylvie Murphy, Raymond's wife, donated a kidney to Mario Garcia, from New Haven, and Mario's wife, Hilary Grant, donated her kidney to Edward Brakoniecki, of Stamford.
The surgeries began on a staggered schedule on March 3, starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending just before 6 p.m. This chain surgery marked the first time that a kidney transplant exchange of this magnitude has ever occurred on one day at a single hospital in Connecticut, according to hospital sources.
All the donors and recipients were at Yale-New Haven on March 12, Thursday to discuss the procedure, including David Rennie, who said it was life-changing.
I'm still in some discomfort, but it's only been a week, he said. But I'm definitely stronger than I was before the surgery.
One thing I don't have to do is go on dialysis anymore, Brakoniecki said. With the new kidney, I'm getting better and better.
Yale's transplant team set up this complex arrangement using a computer program that allows incompatible would-be donor-recipient pairs, like the Rennies, with people who might be a match.
Sometimes you have couples who aren't compatible with one another, but are compatible, in some combination, with other couples, said Dr. Peter Schulam, chief of urology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Eight patient Kidney Transplant Exchange – A medical First in Connecticut