A transplant director
The UK's first paired kidney transplant occurred earlier this year. Chris Rudge leads the organisation that facilitated it. Hassan Al-Hashimi and Ahmed Al-Hassani spoke to him
- By: Hassan Al-Hashimi, Ahmed Al-Hassani
UK Transplant does a number of things in the United Kingdom to do with the organisation of transplants, but it doesn't have anything to do with individual transplant units. We don't employ transplant surgeons or pay them, but we keep the list of everybody in the country who is waiting for a transplant; coordinate the way organs are donated after death; and allocate the organs after they've been donated to the most appropriate patient. We were given the responsibility of promoting organ donation in the country with long term campaigns, and one of the main areas of concern is to promote donation among ethnic minorities. Patients from ethnic minorities are three to four times more likely to have renal failure and need a transplant, but they're almost twice as likely to refuse consent for donation if a family member is dying.
There was a lot of ethical and legal thought