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13 get new kidneys in largest donor chain

Slide show: Twenty six operations over six days gave 13 people new kidneys in what is believed to be the world's largest organ donor chain.

Kidney donors (left to right) Bill Singleton, Lucien Boyd, Sylvia Glaser, Kelvina Hudgens, Pamela Hull and Tom Otten attend a news conference at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. on Dec. 15. The donors are part of a record-setting 13-way kidney swap, a pioneering effort to expand transplants to patients who too often never qualify.

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Roxanne Boyd Williams, left, cries as she meets her kidney donor Tom Otten, a suburban St. Louis police officer, in an emotional reunion at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. on Dec. 11. Otten's wife, Irene, also received a kidney as part of the donor chain.

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Kidney transplant recipient Cecil Jerome Deas, left, and kidney donor Leslie Wolfe, talk during a news conference at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Wolfe donated her kidney to Renee Patterson, while Deas received a kidney from an anonymous donor. Wolfe donated her kidney as part of a chain that allowed her longtime friend Stuart Block to receive a new one.

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Dr. Keith Melancon, right, Georgetown's kidney transplant director, performs surgery to harvest the kidney from donor Tom Otten at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4. Beside Melancon is Dr. Lee Cummings, transplant surgery fellow.

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Kidney transplant recipient Stuart Bloch, right, hugs Steve Robbs, his kidney donor, during a news conference at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. Bloch named his new organ "Sidney the kidney."

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Newly-harvested kidney from donor Tom Otten is prepared for transplant to recipient Roxanne Boyd Williams at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4.

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Tom Otten, left, a suburban St. Louis police officer, meets Kahdine Boyd, the sister of Roxanne Boyd Williams, the recipient of the kidney he donated at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Kahdine Boyd donated a kidney to her sister in 2005 that failed earlier this year.

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