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Spanish Doctors perform rare multiple-donor transplant

Source: El Pais - Fri 29th Apr 2011

Spanish Doctors have successfully performed the first kidney "domino" transplant. The highly unusual procedure involves the transfer of organs from a number of live donors into reciepients in need of an organ.

Spain's Health Minister Leire Pajín, together with Rafael Matesanz, director of the National Transplant Organization (ONT), yesterday announced the success of the multiple operations.

The Virgen de les Nieves Hospital in Granada and the Puigvert Foundation in Barcelona carried out the entire procedure, which involved six people, earlier on this month. The process started a donation by a so-called "good samaritan" donor, a priest who allowed his kidney to be transplanted into an unknown recipient. The recipient's wife then donated her kidney, which was flown to Granada and given to another man. This man's wife then donated a kidney to a woman in Barcelona.

The ONT hopes that this new system will become the norm, and help to maintain Spain's world-leading organ transplant rate.

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