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A look at footage from an operating theatre, where a kidney transplant from a live donor is taking place. The kidney is drained of blood and kept cool before being placed in the transplant recipient. For the recipient, the operation is not the end of the process as he will have to take anti-rejection drugs for as long as the transplanted kidney is in his body.
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26 October 2007

Classroom Ideas

Students may find this clip useful before, during or after a disucssion on the subjects of surgery, transplants and rejection. You may want to ask students if they'd donate a kidney to their sibling. Investigate the alternatives to kidney transplant. The potential of stem cell theraply including the ethics involved could be debated.