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 donor 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.
Baylor Scott & White Health transplant programs
In North Texas, Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, in Dallas has one of the busiest multi-specialty organ transplant systems in the world—the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.
Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth is an internationally renowned destination for transplant care and one of the largest in the nation.
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 to transplant care in Temple makes you part of the team as we work together to help you live a longer, healthier life.
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.