Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Twin's sister receives kidney

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Identical twins Kristy and Kelly Congleton, 20, of Lexington have shared many things in their lives. Now, they share a set of kidneys.

        Surgeons at University Hospital announced Monday that they had successfully transplanted a kidney from Kelly into Kristy. The surgery was performed Thursday.

        Kristy had been living with weakened kidneys ever since recovering from acute kidney failure when she was 3 weeks old. In April, her kidney function declined to the point that she needed dialysis.

        What makes this transplant unusual is that getting a kidney from her identical twin amounts to a perfect genetic match.


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