KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Some donors and recipients in Kansas City’s longest kidney transplant chain are meeting for the first time.
The University of Kansas Hospital completed a 10-person kidney transplant chain in January.
Most recipients had someone who wanted to donate to them but weren’t a match. The donor instead gave the kidney to someone else, and that person’s donor did the same, continuing the chain.
Shawn Dawes met his donor, Jon Sink, for the first time Friday. Dawes says receiving Sink’s kidney is an opportunity to continue being a father to his 9-year-old son.
Kidney recipient Francis Belton says he believes the donors and recipients feel a deep connection to one another. Belton predicts the pairs will stay in touch.