NJ kidney transplant chain saves dozens of lives

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — It began with one person – an “altruistic donor,” who became the catalyst that triggered a kidney transplant chain that has saved dozens of lives since last October.

Monday evening, donors and recipients got together in one room and with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, celebrated what is now the largest kidney transplant chain at one hospital in the nation.

“I had a lot of people want to donate but kept missing, this program gave me life,” Ted Grabowski said.

When hypertension caused Grabowski’s kidneys to fail, his niece, Lauren Mortenson, offered to donate one of hers but their hopes were crushed when tests determined she wasn’t a match.

That’s when they entered the living donation kidney exchange program at Saint Barnabas.

“It’s amazing because you go out to help one person and this program shows you can help more people just by doing the same…

Original published: 2018-06-11 23:02:31 Read the full New York City News here

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