12 participate in successful kidney swap in Illinois

CHICAGO (WHDH) — 12 people have participated in a successful kidney swap at a Chicago hospital.

On Wednesday, all donors and recipients were able to meet each other for the first time.

Surgeons at Northwastern Memorial Hospital took six kidneys from living donors and gave them to the six people in need.

Dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were involved in the surgeries. The hospital said this was a rare-organ transplant chain that ended up being successful.

The surgeries involved three sets of friends, an aunt and a niece, second cousins and a good Samaritan.

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