Try to bear with me for a minute. Person A is chronically ill and requires a kidney transplant. Person B is willing to give A a transplant, but is not a match.
In another province, person C is also ill, and also requires a kidney. Person D is willing to give C a kidney, but is not a match. However, D is a match with A. Now, wouldn’t it be great if we could get these four people together so that they could swap organs?
In the States, a national organ exchange program is currently under discussion. It’s a great idea, and could boost the number of transplants by 20%. I’m not sure how this works in Canada…anybody want to weight in?