2 Couples Involved in Rare Kidney Exchange

Friday, Jan 9, 2009  |  Updated 7:45 PM EDT
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Couples Swap Kidneys at Georgetown

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Two couples from the D.C. area met for the first time Friday, three days after their rare kidney exchange saved two lives.

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Couples Swap Kidneys at Georgetown

Surgeons at Georgetown University Hospital perform a four-way kidney swap.
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WASHINGTON -- Two couples from the D.C. area met for the first time Friday, three days after their rare kidney exchange saved two lives.
 
Yasan Wilson, of Reston, Va., wanted to donate a kidney to her husband, David, but she was not a match. Nor could D.C.'s Darren Curtis donate a kidney to Tanita Simmons. So doctors at Georgetown University Hospital asked each couple to swap with strangers.

 
The men exchanged one kidney Tuesday, and the women exchanged another. Such a swap has only happened 200 times in the history of transplant surgery.
 
The couples shed tears of joy when they met each other Friday.

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