Woman Opens Up About Donating Kidney to Her Sister

When Amanda Nicastro's sister Brenna was in the fourth grade, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Doctors told Brenna's family that it was not a matter of "if" she would need a transplant, but instead it was a matter of "when." Amanda, a comedian based in New York, was not a blood-type match to give a kidney to her sister. But she was able to donate a kidney in a paired kidney exchange. The "momentous experience," Amanda says, "had some really funny moments, too."

Johns Hopkins medicine describes the procedure saying, "A paired kidney exchange, also known as a 'kidney swap' occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with the recipient, and so exchanges kidneys with another donor/recipient pair."

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