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Two San Diegans involved in intercontinental organ donor chain

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - The existence of an intercontinental organ donation chain that wound its way to La Jolla will be revealed Friday, according to Scripps Health.

The chain started when an Oklahoma woman gave a kidney to a man in Greece, and it now includes a man and woman at Scripps Green Hospital. Among the 10 donors and recipients are Bernard Tatum, a San Diego man who received a kidney after his friend, Genene Wiebe of San Marcos, gave one to a woman in Ohio.

Donor chains are providing new opportunities for patients who can't match with relatives and friends and have to spend months or years on a waiting list for a match with a dead donor, according to Scripps officials.

Redefining the concept of paying forward, a donor chain can start with someone donating an organ on condition that the recipient locate a donor for another patient. Some donor chains require donor swaps to occur at the same time at the same hospital.

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