Organ Donation Saves Lives and Two Marriages

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A recent organ donation saved two lives and two marriages.
Paul Bryan and Patti Ford were strangers until they were brought together by a similar problem - the need for a life-saving kidney transplant.
Bryan and Ford's spouses each wanted to donate their own kidneys, but neither was a match.
A transplant coordinator then noticed Ford's husband was actually a match for Bryan, and Bryan's wife was a match for Ford.
It was the first paired transplant surgery of its kind in San Diego county, Calif.  Surgeons said the likelihood of such a swap was only about five percent.

"Somebody up there was watching out for us," Paul Bryan said.

"There was a connection we felt like we knew them from somewhere," kidney donor Robin Bryan said. "Sure enough it was meant to be."

Both couples agreed the surgery created a new friendship.  The four are all about the same age, have the same interests and live only about twenty-five miles apart.

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