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What is paired kidney exchange?

Most kidney donation happens between people who already know each other. But sometimes it can be difficult to find a good match Their blood types have to correspond and their tissue must be compatible.

Paired kidney exchange is when a computer system matches kidney donors with people they don't know.

For example, Peter wants to donate a kidney to his wife Mary, but he has blood type A and Mary is blood type B. They register with the Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program. Meanwhile, Julia wants to donate a kidney to her son George, but she is blood type B and George is blood type A. Through the program, Peter anonymously gives George a kidney and Julia anonymously gives Mary a kidney.

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