The Largest Group of People to Benefit From Living Donor Matches at One Time - Kidney

Date of Record: 22/05/2014

In an Australian first, 12 Australians have participated in an anonymous live kidney donation and transplantation exchange - the largest group of people to benefit from living donor matches at one time.

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash congratulated participants in the exchange and the donation and transplantation specialists and medical teams involved in this historic Australian milestone in kidney transplantation.

Facilitated through the Organ and Tissue Authority's Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program (AKX Program), in a paired donor exchange, two or three kidney recipients essentially swap willing donors. While medically eligible to donate, each donor has an incompatible blood type or tissue type to his or her intended recipient.