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Spanish surgeons perform country’s first renal transplant chain involving altruistic donor

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2798
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

Surgeons from Barcelona and Granada have just carried out Spain’s first renal transplant chain. This was innovative not just because it was a chain operation involving six people but because it involved an altruistic “good Samaritan” donor, who offered a kidney not knowing who the recipient would be. The other people were two married couples and one recipient who was on the transplant waiting list.

The successful series of transplantations was announced in Madrid on 27 April by Leire Pajín, the health minister. Spain is the third …

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