Kansas City woman's kidney donation triggers series of transplants that save four lives 

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When Alli Shappell learned that her childhood pastor was in kidney failure and in need of a transplant, she immediately offered to donate.

The 21-year-old nursing student was tested and, unfortunately, wasn't a match, but she was determined to help the minister get a kidney.

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That's when doctors at The University of Kansans Health System presented her with a highly unusual alternative: a chain donation program.

Participating in it would mean that Shappell would donate a kidney to a stranger, whose loved one would donate a kidney to another person in need and so on until the pastor received a kidney from someone who was a match.

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In this case, there were four donors, including Shappell, and four organ recipients, including the pastor.

Shappell told DailyMail.com that she decided to become a kidney donor when she was a junior in high school and was starring in a production of Steel Magnolias.

Play - Character - Shelby - Julia - Roberts

In the play, the character Shelby - portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film - receives a donated kidney, but later dies of complications from Type 1 diabetes.

'In high school, it had always been made out to think you could live on dialysis for the rest of your life,' Shappell said.

Research - People - Kidney

'So I did some research...it hit me how important it is [to donate] for people who need a kidney and how serious it really is.'

About six months ago, she received a call from her aunt that her childhood pastor was going into kidney failure.

Kidney - Transplant - Center - University - Kansas

She immediately reached out to Kidney Transplant Center at The University of Kansas Health System.

After several rounds of tests, Shappell was told she wasn't a match but that, if she wanted, she could be an altruistic donor.

Donor - Someone - Kidney - Recipient - Mind

An altruistic donor is someone who wishes to donate a kidney, but doesn't have an intended recipient in mind.

So the hospital created a...
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