A pair of memorable patients

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1173
  1. Ben Challacombe, specialist registrar in urology and renal transplantation
  1. 1Department of Urology, Guy’s Hospital, London
  1. benchallacombe{at}

    In my time spent with the renal transplant team I have seen many examples of the immense kindness one person can show to another, but our unit recently performed a live, unrelated transplant that was particularly memorable. The kidney donor and recipient were great friends who had played jazz together for many years. I was involved in the hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, which proceeded without complication under consultant supervision.

    A couple of days later …

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