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  • Rhode Island Hospital Living Donor Transplant Program Kidney Donor Guide

  • Options for Incompatible Donors

  • If you do not have a compatible blood type with your potential recipient and no one else has expressed an interest in donating, there are other options. Rhode Island Hospital is now participating  in two programs that help incompatible pairs to find a suitable kidney for transplant.

    • Live Donor Paired Exchange
      There may be other couples in the same situation within the Rhode Island Hospital Transplant Program. For example, you may have type A blood and you want to donate to someone who has type B blood. There may be another donor who wishes to donate to their recipient but they have type B blood and their recipient has type A. If this situation occurs the transplant team may notify you that they have a couple you may "swap" kidneys with. If there are no possibilities of a swap at that time, you may be placed on a list for future consideration.
    • Live Donor/Cadaver Donor Exchange Program
      This program is administered by the New England Organ Bank (NEOB) and the Rhode Island Hospital Transplant Program. This program was designed to increase the number of available organs for transplant. Basically, the incompatible donor donates a kidney to the cadaver list. The NEOB will determine which candidate will receive the donated kidney. The primary criteria are blood type and the amount of time spent waiting. Once the donation/transplant takes place, the recipient for whom the incompatible kidney was intended will be moved to the top of his/her blood group on the cadaver transplant waitlist.

    For detailed information about these programs, contact the Rhode Island Hospital Transplant Program at 401-444-8562 or 1-888-444-0102.