Transcript for How One Organ Donor's Amazing Gift Set Off a Chain Reaction
The agonizing wait for a kidney donor is over tonight for six people thanks to one woman that didn't have anybody specific in mind when she donated. Mara schiavocampo with her story tonight. Reporter: She's donating just one kidney. But saving six lives. It's huge what we can do for someone else. Reporter: She's known as an altruistic donor, setting off a chain reaction. The recipient has a relative who wants to be a donor, but is incompatible. So they're donating to a different stranger. Altogether, six recipients and six recipients. Filling an urgent need. More than 100,000 people are waiting for kidney transplants. Approximately 12 people dying in the U.S. Each day waiting for a match. Waiting in one case, several weeks to a couple of years. Reporter: The remarkable feat, thanks in part to complex computer software. Combing through genetic profiles to find matches. And lots of manpower, almost 100 hospital employees. Knowing they'll have their life back, no more dialysis, and extend their life. Reporter: Now, the surgeries complete, the group is looking forward to another big event. Meeting. Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, new York.
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