PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- There's a unique way to donate organs through Banner Health, making a major impact for kidney transplant recipients. The times are changing, and one organ donation can save several people's lives at one time.

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"Before, when we'd have an anonymous donor, only one person would get transplanted. Now, if you start a chain, you get five, six, seven people transplanted with one original donor," said Dr. Alfredo Fabrega, a kidney transplant surgeon at Banner Health.

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Organ donor Robert Garcia knew donating his kidney would save at least one person's life. But, through a kidney chain transplant, he quickly learned about a different kind of procedure at Banner Health. “To find out it was going to have a trickle-down effect was a pretty neat concept," Garcia said.

Here's how the transplants work:

A humanitarian donor or, in this case, donor one sets off a series of transplants. That donor would donate their kidney to recipient one. Then the family of recipient one would pay it forward and donate their kidney to a stranger. That creates donor two and recipient two. That chain continues until a series of doctors complete the surgery.

In this case, Garcia saved 64-year-old Brian Boucher's life. They met for the first time today. 

"I can't thank him enough. It’s incredible knowing we have folks who give us a chance," Boucher said. "I thought it was amazing how everything fell together."

Brian's nephew, Shawn, continued the chain and donated one of his kidneys to a stranger after realizing he was not a match for his uncle. He helped save three people's lives.

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