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The gift of kidney donation

The first successful organ transplant was a kidney transplant in 1954. The donor was the identical twin of the recipient. The new kidney worked for 11 months. This was long before any anti-rejection medications were available. Cyclosporine, the first anti-rejection medication, was approved for use in 1983. The use of anti-rejection medications has significantly increased how long transplanted organs will function.

A transplanted kidney from a living donor will last, on average, 12 to 20 years. A kidney from a decease donor lasts eight to 12 years, on average. Amazingly, the longest-reported ki...


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