The Kidney Exchange programme works by finding compatible donors and recipients. Look at this diagram. Donor 1 cannot donate to Recipient 1. Nor can Donor 2 donate to Recipient 2. But Donor 1 is compatible with and can donate to Recipient 2. And Donor 2 is compatable with and can donate to Recipient 1. By taking part in the Kidney Exchange programme both recipients can have a live donor kidney transplant. Sometimes the Kidney Exchange could be more involved and might involve more than two pairs and possibly a non-directed donor.
Kidney Exchange programme – 0800 717 777