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A heart-warming Christmas kidney swap story

Just before Christmas, 21-year-old Briana Mathis donated one of her kidneys to someone she didn’t know – Tracey Kane, 54. Briana donated her kidney so her mom Tangie Price, who was on dialysis three times a week, could receive a kidney from someone she didn’t know – Tracy’s brother, Tom Oliver. A paired kidney exchange, also called “kidney swap,” occurs when a willing donor is incompatible with the recipient, so they exchange kidneys with another donor/recipient pair. Both donors went home the day after surgery; both recipients went home on Christmas Day with the best present of all – restored health and a new kidney!

To learn more about kidney donation, visit Piedmont Transplant Institute

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