A recent column by Sandy Banks of the LA Times documents the ten-year wait by a woman who donated her kidney to a stranger.
The donor, Jackie Gorman, an attorney and former chaplain at the UCLA Medical Center began considering a donation ten years ago but hesitated because of her own concerns about family and career, as well as pressure from relatives. However, she eventually overcame them and entered into the Living Donor Transplant program at UCLA. Her donated kidney will be flown to New York and transplanted into a man whose daughter will then donate one of her kidneys to another stranger as part of a kidney exchange. The story doesn’t say it, but the chain is probably being facilitated by the National Kidney Registry.
Thanks to Harvey Mysel of the Living Kidney Donors Network for pointing out this story to me.
[Update: Another article by Sandy Banks about another kidney chain is featured in this blog post.]