8 Person Paired Kidney Exchange nicknamed "Matches Made in Heaven"
For two days in June, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program made simultaneous surgeries, involving four living-donors and four grateful recipients possible. The four, anonymous pairs consisted of two married couples, an aunt and son, and a good Samaritan to a man in need.
Dozens of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals helped make the surgeries a success—and all of the recipients and donors are doing well after the surgery.
They all decided to meet each other for the first time at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in early July.
Illinois Hospital Commit To Increasing Organ Transplants
More than 5,000 Illinois residents are waiting for organs, according to Gift of Hope. About 300 Illinoisans die each year waiting for a transplant, according to the Illinois Secretary of State's office. Representatives of the state's leading medical centers spoke Tuesday about how they plan to pitch in. Article features Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
Chicago Police Officer in Need of Liver
A Chicago police officer is in need of a liver transplant and is fighting to survive.
Officer Jacinta “Frannie” O’Driscoll, an18-year veteran, has been commended numerous times. But what most don't know is that she needs a liver transplant and has needed one for years.
"It's very important to raise awareness of organ shortage and how much people can help others," Dr. Steven Flamm, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said.