Iowa doctors celebrate 5 kidney transplants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Doctors in central Iowa are celebrating the completion of five kidney transplants in three days thanks to a group of strangers.

Television station KCCI (http://bit.ly/WKIqe5 ) reports the transplants were done this week at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. The doctors spoke about the patients and donors at a press conference Friday.

Doctors say none of the recipients knew their donor. The chain of transplants was possible after some donors learned they were not a match to their friend or family member. Officials say they decided to donate to strangers.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com

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