Rare 4-way Kidney Transplant Performed by CPMC Brings Together Donors, Recipients
In May, Sutter Health affiliate California Pacific Medical Center performed a rare four-way kidney transplant. Three weeks into their recovery, the transplant recipients met for the first time the donors who saved their lives.
“I didn’t think I’d get emotional about it, but I absolutely did. It’s such a moving thing you’re doing for each other,” Bonnie Morrissey, 61, a freelance photographer, told the San Francisco Chronicle. She received a kidney from Gilbert Abeyta, 40, of Newman (Stanislaus County).
The unique donor matching program, called Silverstone Matchgrid, takes the individual characteristics of all those involved and then generates a series of matches, connecting donors with the most compatible transplant candidate. It was created David Jacobs, who came up with the idea after himself undergoing a kidney transplant at CPMC.
Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle.