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16 patients swap kidneys in Chicago hospital

April 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
It may be a first for a single hospital. Eight people donated one of their kidneys to eight others at a hospital in Chicago.The 16-patient kidney swap took place over three days at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Nicole Smith, 26, was hoping to donate a kidney to her stepfather, but they were not a match. However, Smith was a match for another patient.

"It's amazing, a miracle. I said to her. I have 5 sisters, you are six, now I'm six," said organ recipient Maria Isho.

The 16-patient kidney swap appears to be a success. Doctors say all the patients are doing quite well.