Does shipping a kidney from a live donor hurt the chances of a successful transplant?

You’ve watched it unfold on television or the big screen. A doctor, racing against time, removes a kidney and places it into a cooler, and an assistant runs it to a waiting helicopter. It’s flown to another hospital, and is placed into the waiting patient with seconds to spare. In real life, kidneys are often shipped many miles to complete a kidney paired donation (KPD), where a patient who needs a new kidney is matched with a living donor who may live across the country. It’s important to know whether the shipping process is damaging to the kidney or affects the …