UPMC Hamot’s Kidney Transplant Program Gets Final Approval

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The plan was for Patrick Carney to receive his sister’s kidney at Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center.

Carney, 53, and Janet Laurin, who both live in Jamestown, N.Y., had already undergone a battery of tests in 2013-14 to determine they were a good match for transplant surgery. All that was left was to schedule the transplant.

“Everything was going great, then we learned ECMC had a problem and the surgery was delayed,” said Laurin, 61. “It didn’t have anything to do with us.”

The Buffalo hospital suspended living-donor transplants for more than three months in 2014 for a review after a donor died from a drug overdose six months after surgery, the Buffalo News reported.

Left in the lurch, a dialysis center worker Carney knew suggested he contact UPMC Hamot. She had heard Hamot was starting a kidney transplant program.

On Nov. 30, 2015, Carney became the second person to undergo kidney transplant surgery at Hamot. The Erie hospital has performed four transplants and recently received final approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for its transplant program.

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