Doctors at Chicago hospital successfully complete 6-way rare organ transplant

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Doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, have successfully completed a six-way rare organ transplant exchange performed from living donors.

The donors and recipients did not know each other ahead of the surgeries performed over three days last week.

“It literally took a village to make this swap happen,” said Dr. Joseph Leventhal, director of kidney transplantation at the hospital, at a press conference today.

The 12 participants included three sets of friends, an aunt and a niece, second cousins and a good Samaritan whose efforts started the “swapportunity.”

“It was extremely rewarding, it was a relief that we were able to get it off successfully,” said Leventhal.

Donor Kimberly Cooper said she donated to give her life more purpose, “I, now, know 100 percent that this was the most definite thing to help somebody else.”

Leventhal added it’s extremely rare for single center exchanges of this type to take place. Most of the larger swaps, he added, usually involve national organized swap programs.

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