First intercontinental kidney paired donation occurs between US and Greece
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First intercontinental kidney paired donation occurs between US and Greece

Athens : Greece | Jun 02, 2012 at 5:17 PM PDT
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Medical history was made last December ,when an American woman from Ohio donated a kidney to a patient in Greece, and the recipient's wife then donated a kidney to patient in America.

The announcement of the first intercontinental organ exchange was made at a news conference held at the Greek Embassy in Washington.

It all started with a couple in Greece - Dora and Michalis. They were desperately searching for a kidney donor for Michalis. She was unable to help because they weren't a match. Even though Dora couldn't donate to her husband, she agreed to donate to someone else. Michalis then got the kidney of a stranger, Elizabeth Gay, a 31-year old Oklahoma woman.

UTS and Diego reported Helmis's wife then donated a kidney to a man in Pennsylvania. This started a chain of kidney donations, but the first one to involve donation from overseas.

Before Gay could get the opportunity, though, Greek law had to be changed to allow the exchange.Greek law said that the only way you could receive an organ was if it came from a close relative. The idea was to prevent any black market sale of organs.

So far, one Greek and four American lives have been saved, and two more transplants are scheduled with a donor from Trinidad and Tobago joining the chain.





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Elizabeth Gay, who donated her kidney to a stranger in Greece, speaks at a press conference
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