SF surgeons perform 6-person kdiney transplant

June 23, 2010 6:44:13 PM PDT
Surgeons at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco performed a multiple kidney transplant involving at least half a dozen people Wednesday.

The donation chain began with Maggie Ervin, a 34-year-old San Francisco woman who agreed to contribute a kidney as an altruistic donor.

The recipient is Fernando Rico, whose friend, Guadalupe Ramirez was not a match for him, but will donate to another patient on his behalf. That patient's sister will then donate yet another kidney, to a third recipient.

The surgeries began early Wednesday morning and continued throughout the day. Maggie Ervin told ABC7 she was inspired to donate after listening to a documentary.

"I was walking around town, listening to podcasts, and there was this one about this woman who donated a kidney. Her name was Kaya. She lives in Brooklyn, and I just found I kept going back to it in my mind. Her and that story," she recalled.

The third kidney is being sent to Cornell University, which is also organizing a multiple patient transplant, meaning the number of people who ultimately benefit from the chain of unmatched donors could climb.


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