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Double swap kidney exchange patients meet for first time

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Last week, doctors from the Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center teamed up.
    
Together, they performed a four-person kidney exchange in Greenville. Dr. Robert Harland, professor and chief of immunology and transplantation at ECU, and chief of transplant surgery at Vidant Medical Center, and a team of doctors, performed the procedure.

Brenda Peele was prepared to get a kidney from her son and Sherrie Hoopes was going to receive a kidney from her niece.
    
But donor-recipient tissue differences had increased the risk for both women that their bodies would reject the kidney.
    
Following months of connecting the dots, doctors realized that simply exchanging the kidneys between each other would all but eliminate the risk of rejection.

"The fact that they matched us, and we don't even live in the same state is wonderful! So, I just love them so much," said Brenda Peele, recipient.

The patients in the double swap kidney exchange met each other for the first time Monday, coming together at the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center.

The hospital says it's the second swap conducted here.  The first was a six-person swap done in 2011. 
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