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KIDNEY GIVEN IN NEVADA TRANSPLANT

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A 35-year-old Las Vegas woman received the kidney of a teenage accident victim before dawn Christmas Day, marking the first such transplant in a Nevada hospital.

The heart, liver and other kidney of the 14-year-old donor went to recipients in Salt Lake City and San Francisco who received the organs Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to a spokesman for a donor organization.Officials at University Medical Center in Las Vegas said the kidney recipient, Susan Desalvo, had been suffering from renal failure for the past year and had been on dialysis and unable to work.

Dr. Victor Bowers, who performed the 2 1/2-hour surgery, said the operation "went fine." Bowers said Desalvo would remain in intensive care for 24 hours and in the hospital for 12 to 14 days.

The kidney donor was a boy injured in an automobile accident in Las Vegas late Friday night. He died at UMC early Saturday.

The boy's heart and liver were transported to the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and transplanted to two male patients Sunday. The heart was transplanted to a man in his 50s, according to Ann Occhi and Gordon Wolfram, representatives of the Nevada Donor Organ Recovery Service (DORS).