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Paired kidney donations offer an alternative for donors and recipients who are not compatible

Approximately one-third of all interested living kidney donors have an incompatible blood type with their intended recipient. The paired kidney donor transplantation allows you to donate your kidney to another recipient who was not compatible to their donor, but is compatible with you. Their donor would then donate to your recipient.

Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, performed North Texas’ first paired kidney donor transplant in 2010.

If you are interested in this option, please discuss it with your Living Donor Coordinator or visit the Alliance for Paired Donation.

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How does paired kidney donation work?

In paired kidney donation, patients with a non-compatible donor enroll in a registry. A specialized computer program will search for a compatible match. Two incompatible donor/recipient pairs (A and B) must be identified. The donor of pair “A” must be identified to be compatible with the recipient of pair “B.” Additionally, the do​nor of pair “B” must be identified to be compatible with the recipient of pair “A.”

An example would be if a sister wanted to give her brother a kidney but differences in blood type made it impossible. In this program, such a patient/donor pair is matched with other pairs in the same situation. These pairs can "donate" kidneys so that both patients get transplanted and both donors give kidneys.

In order to enroll in this program, the recipient must be listed through UNOS and have an eligible, non-compatible donor. Ask your kidney transplant coordinator if you are a candidate for the paired kidney donor program. 

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Baylor Scott & White transplant programs

Dallas
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In North Texas, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Baylor Scott & White All Saints – Fort Worth make up one the busiest multi-specialty organ transplant systems in the world — the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.

Fort Worth
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In North Texas, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Baylor Scott & White All Saints – Fort Worth make up one the busiest multi-specialty organ transplant systems in the world — the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.

Temple
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Based at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple in Central Texas, our organ transplant teams focus on providing personalized care in a supportive, collaborative environment. Our patient-focused approach makes you part of the team as we work together to help you live a longer, healthier life.

We offer the following services in our Central Texas transplant program:

  • Blood stem cell transplant
  • Corneal transplant
  • Heart transplant
  • Kidney and pancreas transplant
Outreach Locations
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Find an outreach location

For people who do not live near Dallas–Fort Worth or the Temple region, we bring our experience to them.

Teams of physicians, nurses and assistants travel to outreach clinics throughout Texas to deliver world-renowned transplantation medicine to an expanding network of communities. Both initial organ transplant evaluation and post-transplant follow-up appointments are available.

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