Florida’s First Three-Way Kidney Transplant
In July 2014, the Miami Transplant Institute at Jackson Memorial Hospital successfully performed the first three-way paired kidney exchange transplant in Florida. The surgeries, which involved three donors and three recipients, were performed simultaneously at the hospital.
A paired kidney exchange, also known as a “kidney swap,” occurs when a living kidney donor is incompatible with a recipient, and agrees to exchange their kidney with another donor/recipient. The paired kidney exchange program allows recipients to receive a better-matched kidney, and helps speed up the process for other individuals who would otherwise continue to wait for a matched donor.
The patients, Mary Rivero Morales, 46, Alana Gonzales, 36, and Dale Jasko, 64, were able to meet the strangers who selflessly donated their kidneys and gave them a second chance at life during a press conference at Jackson.
The next year, in April 2015, the Miami Transplant Institute performed Florida’s first four-way paired kidney exchange, setting another new record.
Today, the center performs 250 to 300 kidney transplants each year – more than any other program in Florida – and consistently ranks within the top three centers nationally for volume.
Nov. 2009 Miracle Stories
Born at One Pound, One Ounce, Newborn Goes Home. Link opens story page.
On November 6, 2009, Gabriella Mercedes Gil finally went home - eight months after being born at Holtz Children’s Hospital, weighing just one pound, one ounce.Explore in story page.
Feb. 1991 Jackson History
First Pediatric Heart Transplant. Link opens story page.
On February 17, 1991, Bruce Brown became Jackson’s first pediatric heart transplant patient at age 16.Explore in story page.