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We Have Two, So We Can Give One Away

We Have Two, So We Can Give One Away


When Laura needed a kidney, Lindsey donated one of hers, because they couldn’t live without each other.  Their choice was the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Transplant Institute, the region’s number one heart, kidney and liver transplant program. Sisters who share are living proof that quality in the operating room starts with a generous spirit.

Living donors offer hope

The AHN Transplant Institute has the  Region's #1 Heart, Kidney, and Liver Transplant Programs

AHN is part of the longest chain of kidney transplants ever constructed – 34 kidneys donated and 34 received — organized by the National Kidney Registry and coordinated locally by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE).

Living donors make the difference

The Allegheny Health Network Living Donor Kidney Program has:

  • A dedicated living donor team that ensures the health and safety of each living donor
  • Worked with the United Network for Organ Sharing that operates the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)

Medical experts team up for transplants

The Transplant Institute has a multidisciplinary team approach, involving:

  • Surgeons and nephrologists
  • Transplant nurse coordinators
  • Social workers and pharmacists
  • Patients, donors and families 

Organ donations vital

For the 100,000 kidney transplant candidates in the U.S., the wait can be full of uncertainty and illness.  

  • Most kidneys come from deceased donors, but a shortage remains.
  • Some patients wait for more than five years. 
  • About 18 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving transplant.
  • More than 6,000 kidney transplants are made possible by living donors

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