Hong Kong Columns 2015-2016 Issue #14 – Hong Kong’s potential ‘Paired Exchange Kidney Transplant Scheme’

The chances of finding a donor kidney in Hong Kong is less than 5%. So as to say that if none of your family or friends have the same blood type compatibility, the chances of you surviving is close to none. However, Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority has been looking into ‘paired donor exchange systems’ to tackle this blood type incompatibility. Especially in Asia, deceased donor transplants are unpopular. This has resulted to live donors insisting on saving their loved ones, even with ABO incompatibility, usually with unsuccessful outcomes. The first donor exchange systems were set up in 1980s in attempt to...
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