RECORD BREAKING: Kidney Donation Chain

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A press conference will be held Friday to explain more about Iowa’s largest paired donation chain, a feat that happened this week.

Kidney paired donations happen when a donor is incompatible with someone they know, so they agree to donate to a stranger instead.

In turn, the first recipient gets a kidney donation from someone they don’t know.

From Monday to Wednesday, doctors performed five transplant surgeries at Mercy Medical Center.

Five unrelated living donors from throughout Iowa provided kidneys to four Iowa recipients and one from Omaha.

Transplant surgeons will talk about the donation chain with the media Friday morning at 10 a.m.