A 9-way kidney transplant is happening in San Francisco

9 way kidney transplantKRON 4Surgeons at the University of California, San Francisco perform an operation to remove a man’s kidney as part of a 9-way kidney transplant chain.

An unprecedented 9-way chain of kidney transplants that just happened in San Francisco is believed to be the first of its kind in the US.

The surgeries began Wednesday night with patient No. 1 — 56-year-old Reid Moran-Haywood, who had one of his kidneys removed at the University of California, San Francisco.

Local TV station KRON 4 reports┬áMoran-Haywood’s kidney was rushed to another patient less than two miles away at┬áCalifornia Pacific Medical Center.

KRON 4 reporter Justine Waldman says some of the patients wanted to remain anonymous, but the 36-hour transplant chain includes a husband donating a kidney to his wife, and ends with a patient who’s receiving a healthy kidney after having been on dialysis for several years.

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