Pairing

I currently have a Gfr of 10 at the minute and have been lucky enough to have my mum donating and she is penciled in for the end of july. The only issue is that it will be a non compatable transplant which has its own problems so i have been advised by guys and my own doctors to try pairing and so im waiting for the results at the beginning of july, just wondering if anyone else has gone through the pairing and how they found it

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  • Hi Nic01a, I was in a similar position before my transplant. I was going to have my wifes kidney which was not compatible and as you say has its own problems. I was as you gfr of 10 and very close to dialysis but holding on. We were advised to give the pairing scheme a try with a 25% chance of a match after 4 runs as this would give me a less risky kidney. Luckily we got a match on the first run and got my transplant 6 weeks later. The operation process take a little longer ( depending on how far apart the 2 pairs are) our transplant was done at Leeds and the other was done in Edinburgh so a 4 hour drive with kidneys swapped half way. Everything went brilliantly well and I am now 9 months post and now know why they call it the gift of life. wish you well for the future and hope you have some good luck like I feel I have thanks Stonebroke.

  • HI Stonebroke, this is great news, I wish you all the best. I have a friend whose family are being tested to match her, she is on dialysis at the moment and would like some more information about the pairing scheme, how can she find out please?

  • Hi Hassmac, with us it was the transplant coordinator who first advised us about it and then we spoke with my consultants after that who gave us all the advice and benefits of trying it out. As I understand there are about 300 pairs of people registered on the scheme waiting for a better match. Thanks Stonebroke

  • Thank you stonebroke for your reply, I will be speaking to my transplant co-ordinator in the near future.