A living-donor exchange of kidneys has occurred between members of a Palestinian and an Israeli family in the Middle East, defying political and social constraints, according to an article reporting advances in living-donor transplantation. The exchange involves two donors, incompatible with their intended recipient, donating to each other’s recipient, with whom they are compatible. In this exchange, a 45-year-old Arab truck driver received a kidney from a 38-year-old Jewish donor, and the Jewish donor’s 10-year-old son received a kidney from the truck driver’s wife. Programs of living-donor exchange are in operation in several locations around the world.
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