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Friday, June 07, 2013 - Froedtert & the Medical College Participate in Second Largest Kidney Chain in the World
Milwaukee, Wis. — Yesterday, the National Kidney Registry announced the successful completion of Chain 221, the second largest kidney chain in the world and the largest chain to be concluded in under 40 days. Chain 221 involved 56 participants (28 donors and 28 recipients) and 19 transplant centers including Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin where the sickest individual in the chain received his kidney.

Kidney chains are used when patients needing a kidney don't have a match, but have someone willing to donate on their behalf (often to an unknown recipient across the country,) and in return receive a kidney from a similar situation.

A 55-year-old Racine man who had less than a one percent chance of receiving a kidney underwent transplant surgery at Froedtert in early May. His 24-year-old, soon-to-be son-in-law donated a kidney on his behalf, which continued the chain that went on to reach 18 more people.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are the only center in eastern Wisconsin that participates in the National Kidney Registry, offering an additional option for patients needing a life-saving transplant.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin combine the strengths of Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College in an academic medical center that delivers advanced medical care. Froedtert & the Medical College are nationally recognized for exceptional physicians, research leadership, specialty expertise and state-of-the-science treatments and technology. For more information, visit