Two North Jersey families match up for rare kidney swap

June 24, 2016

HACKENSACK — A son jumped at the chance to donate a kidney to his father, but they weren’t compatible. A husband wanted to do the same for his wife, but they, too, didn’t match.

Luckily for both North Jersey families, strangers to each other, the wife matched with the son, and the father matched with the husband, making possible a swap — carried out one long day in February by a team of doctors at Hackensack University Medical Center — that is expected to prolong and improve the lives of the kidney recipients.

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PHOTO: Debra Ferman, center, gets emotional after hugging Ken A. Furlong, left, who donated his kidney to her at Hackensack University Medical Center on Friday, June 24, 2016. Photographed by Danielle Parhizkaran.