By the Numbers

Four-Way Kidney Exchange

Donating a kidney to someone in need is an incredibly selfless act that affects not only the lives of the donor and recipient, but the lives of their families as well. Paired kidney exchanges, such as the four-way kidney exchange that recently occurred at the University of Maryland Medical Center, affect the lives of multiple donors, recipients, and families, and often require the cooperation of people who are hundreds (or even thousands) of miles apart from one another.

The numbers below not only show the high level of cooperation involved in performing such an extensive procedure, but also provide an overview of just how great the need for kidney donors is and how paired kidney exchanges can benefit the lives of all those involved in the procedure.

2 Number of days transplant surgeons at UMMC needed to complete the four-way kidney exchange
3 Minimum number of years patients in Maryland spend on kidney transplant waiting lists
4 Total number of operating suites at UMMC required to complete the four-way kidney exchange
4 Total number of lives saved as a result of the UMMC four-way kidney exchange
8 Least number of miles traveled by individuals involved in the UMMC four-way kidney exchange
10 Age of the youngest person involved in the UMMC four-way kidney exchange
74 Age of the oldest person involved in the UMMC four-way kidney exchange
1,035 Most number of miles traveled by all individuals involved in the UMMC four-way kidney exchange
2,992 Cumulative number of miles patients traveled from their homes to UMMC for the four-way kidney exchange
5,967 Number of people in the United States who received kidneys from living donors in 2008
16,517 Number of people who received kidney transplants in the United States in 2008
82,000 Total number of people in the United States currently awaiting new kidneys through transplants

This page was last updated: December 9, 2013

         
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