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When was the first successful kidney donation?

Ronald Herrick made history when he donated his kidney to save his brother. Herrick's organ donation was the first that resulted in a successful transplant procedure. That was in December 1954.

Herrick had just been discharged from the Army when he learned his twin brother, Richard, was dying from an inflammation of the kidney, which is called chronic nephritis.

Herrick could not bear the thought of watching his brother die, so he asked doctors if he could one of his kidneys to save him.

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