John Previti was in pre-op on the day of his kidney transplant when he mentioned that he hoped his sister Denise D’Amelio would soon have a donor as well. Minutes later, in a twist that surprised everyone, John learned his sister was at the Medical Center to receive her kidney transplant that very day.
“The clinical team didn’t realize John and Denise were brother and sister until pre-op because they have different last names,” said Ashtar Chami, MD, Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation at Tufts Medical Center. “The timing was crazy. To my knowledge, we’ve never transplanted siblings on the same day before at Tufts Medical Center.”