A Toronto real estate agent hoping to help a distant relative became a link in the longest kidney-transplant chain ever undertaken.
Josephine Bonventre learned a cousin living in Brooklyn needed a kidney and she was quite prepared to donate one of hers, the Toronto Star reported.
But while Bonventre's blood type made her a universal donor, her cousin's blood had anti-bodies that made the match less than ideal.
So her cousin suggested she donate her kidney to a stranger, which would put him in line to get a better match from someone else. Her family had reservations but Bonventre decided it was the right thing to do.
"I woke up with fresh thoughts and thought `Why not give it to a stranger? I'll be helping another person and he'll be getting a match that's better for him,'" she told the Stars.
So Bonventre became part of Chain 124, the longest succession of kidney transplants ever. It involved 30 willing donors and 30 recipients involved in 60 surgeries.
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