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Kidney donor’s death a ‘nightmare scenario’ for UCSF program
San Francisco Chronicle

UCSF’s suspension of its living donor program for kidney transplants this week after the death of a donor highlights a rare but potential complication for a procedure that’s typically an altruistic gift by a friend or family member to a kidney patient in need. The donor, who died last month, had provided a kidney to a recipient at UCSF Medical Center in October. Hospital and regulatory officials are investigating the cause of death. Meanwhile, the transplant patient’s new kidney is functioning properly, said hospital officials, who declined to identify the deceased donor or the recipient. UCSF officials would not discuss the case further.