Chain of five kidney transplants in two days at KU Hospital

Doctors and staff discussed a chain of kidney transplants performed this week at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. Ten persons were involved in a chain of five kidney transplants this week.

Ten persons were involved in a chain of five kidney transplants in two days this week at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas.

While KU Hospital does kidney transplants frequently, this is the first time it has done a 10-kidney chain in a few days. It is also the first one in the region, according to KU Hospital officials.

“Through the selfless and generous acts of five donors, we were able to complete a 10-kidney chain,” said Dr. Sean Kumer, physician vice president of operative services at KU Hospital. He performed the donor operations.

Dr. Tim Schmitt, director of transplantation at KU Hospital, said that without the generosity of kidney donors, they would not have been able to accomplish the transplants.

To help five patients come off the transplant list and get kidneys is quite a feat, he said.

“A lot of people went to work and accomplished this chain,” he said. “We could not have done it without the team.”

The transplant patients are all “doing great,” he said.

If not for one person who initially donated a kidney, this could not have happened, according to the KU physicians. The initial donor decided to give a kidney to a stranger. The donor had a friend who needed a kidney, and the friend received a kidney from another donor. The initial donor of this chain then decided to give a kidney to a stranger. Then other donors followed his example.

Amna Ilahe, director of the living donor program at KU, said a living kidney donation is one of the best gifts anyone can receive.

Sometimes potential donors’ kidneys are not compatible with a friend or family member because of differences in blood type of antibodies, so the kidney pair donation process is a safe alternative, she said.

“The incompatible donor gives to a complete stranger, and in return they receive a kidney for their loved one,” she said.

Five patients now will be able to avoid dialysis or get off dialysis through the generosity of the donors, said Dr. Diane Cibrik, medical director of kidney transplantation at KU Hospital.

“The real heroes are our donors,” Dr. Cibrik said. “It’s a great thing what they did.”

Jaime Bartley, R.N., organ transplant manager at The University of Kansas Hospital, said a national registry was used to search for possible matches. As more donors came forward, a chain was identified and created. Many department leaders met and prepared for these transplants, she added. There were unique challenges to preparing for and coordinating the transplants.

“Our nurses, doctors and multidisciplinary team members are truly honored to care for these patients throughout their evaluation, recovery and for years to come,” she said.

According to hospital officials, the donors and recipients of these kidneys came from different locations, including Wichita, Kansas, Independence, Missouri, and Manhattan, Kansas. There were two other patient locations that were not identified because of patients’ request for privacy.

Bobcats faster, defeat Pirates 75-68 at home

Basehor-Linwood junior Jacob Coleman (1) drew a charge on this drive from Piper junior Trey Bates (11). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Piper Pirates’ hopes for consecutive Kaw Valley League championships took a hit on Tuesday evening when they lost to rival Basehor-Linwood High School, 75-68.

The Bobcats’ quick defense prevented Piper from getting shooters open outside.

Basehor was quick in the paint as well, drawing three charge calls by getting defenders in position on Piper drives. Basehor established its outside attack from the beginning, hitting 5 three-pointers in the first quarter and taking a 14-point halftime lead.

Piper made a few runs at the lead in the second half, closing within single digits multiple times before letting Basehor slip away.

Freshman Tamar Bates, recently back from an injury, came on strong with 12 second-half points. Sophomore Ty Shelley also helped the comeback effort, hitting two three-pointers and two of three foul shots in the fourth quarter.

Errant outlet passes and offensive fouls were missed opportunities that prevented the Pirates from closing the gap further. Basehor got plenty of work at the free throw line to close the game, hitting 16 of 23 chances in the fourth quarter.

Covington led the Pirates with 21 points and 5 assists, but didn’t have his usual shooting touch, going 1-for-6 from three point range. Tamar Bates ended with 13 total points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds. Gabe Eskina was the leader on the boards, picking up 7 rebounds.

The longtime rivals will play again on Feb. 13 in what may be their last meeting for some time. The teams are in separate classifications and will move to different leagues for the 2018-2019 season.

Piper is now 4-2 in the league (9-5 overall), two games behind leader Bonner Springs. Piper will play at Tonganoxie High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.

Freshman Tamar Bates (12) threaded his way through the Basehor defense to the basket. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Tamar Bates concentrated on a free throw attempt. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Trey Bates tried to put up a shot over Basehor sophomore Connor Younger (30). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Trey Bates navigated through the Basehor defense. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Senior Daviance “Doc” Covington (1) looked for an opening to drive the ball. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Junior Braijion Barnes (4) pinned a shot against the backboard for one of his two blocks in the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Junior Cooper Beebe (00) got defender Jacob Coleman in the air before going up for his shot and collecting a foul. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Doc Covington passed to a teammate on the left wing. Covington had 5 assists in the game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Junior Brandan Jackson (21) applied defensive pressure to Basehor senior Zach White (33). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

KCK students named to fall semester dean’s list

Two Kansas City, Kansas, students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa.

Miranda Richardson and Patricia Telthorst of Kansas City, Kansas, were named to the dean’s list.
Students on the dean’s list have a 3.7 to 3.99 grade point average.

Simpson College, founded in 1860 by members of the United Methodist Church, has about 1,300 full-time undergraduate students.