Today’s Los Angeles Times reports that the UCLA Medical Center recently performed kidney transplants in a chain that involved 18 patients, resulting in nine transplants. The chain started with one nondirected donor, followed by eight incompatible donor-recipient pairs, and finally ended with a recipient without a donor.

As outlined in a sidebar story, the surgeries were not simultaneous, which meant some donors underwent their surgeries after their recipient partners had already received kidneys.


A mother and son formed an incompatible pair. Photo from LA Times