11/24/2010 12:43 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Giant Kidney Swap Saves 16 Lives (VIDEO)

For 16 people in renal failure, acts of kindness from 16 donors will save their lives.

In Washington, D.C., a huge chain of 32 operations will transfer kidneys from healthy people to those in need.

NBC Nightly News took an inside look at the huge donation chain, which includes 25-year-old Army Specialist Patrick Duncan, a donor happy to be able to save the life of a complete stranger.


Potential donors can learn more about how to a save life on the Alliance For Paired Donation website.