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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