linkCelebrating the nation's longest kidney chain

High-tech medicine and human kindness combine in UAB's ongoing kidney chain, a series of transplant surgeries that have given 29 people so far a new lease on life. The chain is now the longest ever at a single site.

Estella Floyd, mother of NFL player Loucheiz Purifoy of the Indianapolis Colts, was the 28th recipient in the chain. Watch her story in this video:


  

In their words, stories from our transplant donors and recipients.

Paula Kok, Kidney DonorPaula Kok. The kidney chain began in December 2013 as the result of the selfless act of a nondirected living kidney donor, Helena native Paula Kok. "Knowing that there was somebody out there who could use what I had and praying about it and seeing a friend who had donated a kidney made me realize that perhaps I was somebody else's friend," Paula says. Learn more about Paula.

Allison NelsonAllison Nelson. Hereditary kidney disease threatened this young mother of twins, but thanks to the kidney chain, she has new hope. “Giving a kidney is definitely the most unselfish thing anyone can do,” Allison says. "If I wasn’t in this predicament, I would give somebody an organ in a heartbeat." Learn more about Allison’s story in this video.

Derek Lambert Derek Lambert. Derek gave to help his friend Michael Little, who has battled kidney disease for three decades. “I count this opportunity as one of the greatest of my life,” Derek says. “I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t seek it out. I believe God invited me to it.” Hear more from Derek in this video.



Become a part of the chain

Donate a kidney 
If you would like to donate to someone in need of a transplant, begin by filling out this form. You can learn more about kidney transplantation at UAB here.  

Get on the list
If you are in need of a kidney transplant, you will need a referral from your nephrologist. Your doctor can get all the details here.

Give a gift
Support the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute with a donation online.


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The kidney chain has brought donors and recipients to UAB from across the Southeast and as far away as New Jersey.



Learn more

dr locke video

UAB transplant surgeon Jayme Locke, M.D., and transplant nephrologist Vineeta Kumar, M.D., discuss living kidney donation and paired-kidney exchange in a series of videos on UAB's MD Learning Channel.

  • Paula Kok
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  • Lornette Stewart
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    • Hometown Shalimar, Florida
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  • Jovi Williams
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    • Hometown Shalimar, Florida
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  • Susan Miller
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    • Hometown Mobile, Alabama
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  • Anonymous
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    • Hometown Bay Minette, Alabama
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  • Ellen Herron
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    • Hometown Quinton, Alabama
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  • Shelly Gary
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    • Hometown Harvest, Alabama
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  • Thomas Blankenship
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    • Hometown Lexington, Tennessee
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  • James Mangus
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    • Hometown McKinney, Texas
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  • Martha Kelley
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    • Hometown Brookwood, Alabama
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  • Justin Kelley
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    • Hometown Helena, Alabama
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  • Brett Burks
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    • Hometown Saltillo, Mississippi
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  • Karon Tidwell
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    • Hometown Olive Branch, Mississippi
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  • Robin Oliver
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    • Hometown Montgomery, Alabama
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  • Angelia Rigsby
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    • Hometown Eclectic, Alabama
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  • Veronica Temple
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    • Hometown Bessemer, Alabama
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  • Anonymous
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    • Hometown Bessemer, Alabama
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  • Mary Hanks
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    • Hometown Pensacola, Florida
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  • Paula Jones
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    • Hometown Milton, Florida
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  • Cathy Messer
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    • Hometown Oxford, Alabama
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  • David Messer
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    • Hometown Oxford, Alabama
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  • John Romeo
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    • Hometown Huntsville, Alabama
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  • Laura Romeo-Pierce
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    • Hometown Huntsville, Alabama
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  • Jocelin Davis
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    • Hometown Auburn, Alabama
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  • Anonymous
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    • Hometown Chicago, Illinois
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  • Ryane Burns
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    • Hometown Decatur, Mississippi
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  • Jason Burns
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    • Hometown Decatur, Mississippi
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  • Michael Little
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    • Hometown New Hebron, Mississippi
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  • Derek Lambert
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    • Hometown High Springs, Florida
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  • Allison Nelson
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    • Hometown Abita Springs, Louisiana
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  • Courtney McLaughlin
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    • Hometown Clementon, New Jersey
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  • Katelyn Pickel
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    • Hometown Albany, Georgia
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  • Earl Pickel
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    • Hometown Albany, Georgia
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  • Marjorie Wilhite
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    • Hometown Pinson, Alabama
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  • Kristi Jeter
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    • Hometown Birmingham, Alabama
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  • Nancy Roesle
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    • Hometown Youngstown, Florida
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  • Regina Roesle
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    • Hometown Lillian, Alabama
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  • Diane Simmons
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    • Hometown Monroeville, Alabama
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  • Stephanie Freeman
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    • Hometown Brookwood, Alabama
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  • Joseph Brown
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    • Hometown Birmingham, Alabama
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  • Amari Brown
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    • Hometown Birmingham, Alabama
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  • Thomas Freeman
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    • Hometown Brookwood, Alabama
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  • April Brooks
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    • Hometown Monroeville, Alabama
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  • Glen Peebles
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    • Hometown Town Creek, Alabama
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  • Contessa Terry
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    • Hometown Moulton, Alabama
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  • Price Johnson
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    • Hometown Oxford, Mississippi
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  • Laura Lee
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    • Hometown Oxford, Mississippi
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  • Bryan Howard
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    • Hometown Prattville, Alabama
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  • Maria Howard
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    • Hometown Fort Worth, Texas
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  • Janet Mason
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    • Hometown Rogersville, Alabama
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  • Kasey Word
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    • Hometown Rogersville, Alabama
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  • James Oliver
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    • Hometown Valley, Alabama
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  • Robert Butler
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    • Hometown Lanett, Alabama
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  • Franck Southon
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    • Hometown Birmingham, Alabama
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  • Denise Soulliere
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    • Hometown Cullman, Alabama
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  • Estella Floyd
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    • Hometown Cantonment, Florida
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  • Kim Teele
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    • Hometown Fort White, Florida
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  • Nicholas Goodwin
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    • Hometown Mobile, Alabama
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