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Drs. Ron Shapiro and Henkie Tan lead UPMC’s first participation in a kidney chain

Pittsburgh, PA, March 5, 2011–Rita Dolezal’s decision to donate a kidney to a complete stranger didn’t require a long discussion with loved ones.

“We never really spoke about it,” said Dolezal, 59, of Latrobe.

Two of the first people she told were her daughter, Diana, and her son-in-law, Troy Johnson, who had recently learned he needed a kidney transplant. Dolezal wasn’t a match, but her decision led to him finding a donor.

Through UPMC, the two participated in the largest kidney donation chain involving patients from Western Pennsylvania. By the time it ended last week, 32 operations had occurred in 12 states.

UPMC Participates In Kidney Transplant Chain

PITTSBURGH (KDKA), March 4, 2011 — About a year ago, Allegheny General Hospital was part of a large kidney chain, involving 12 transplants and 24 patients. Now, UPMC has surpassed that with an even bigger organ exchange involving 16 transplants, 32 surgeries, 12 medical centers and 10 states.

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