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Kathy Niedzwiecki, left, is taken care of by her husband, Bob Niedzwiecki, as Catherine Richard is escorted by her husband, Ken Richard, at Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center on Thursday in Lebanon, N.H. The two took part this week in a paired kidney exchange as donor, recipient with another pair in St. Louis.

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National kidney-swap program marks first success

The United Network for Organ Sharing started a pilot program in October to facilitate “kidney paired donation,” where someone donates a kidney to a stranger so their friend or loved one can receive a compatible organ in return. Though regional alliances among transplant centers have led to hundreds of such donations in recent years, the national program is expected to significantly boost those numbers.


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