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Kidney for Ohio transplant thrown in trash

posted 8/25/2012 11:48:20 PM |
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Can you say lawsuit?

I read somewhere else that this involved a brother donating his kidney to his older sister. I don't think the hospital went on record yet on what the outcome was for the woman who was waiting for that kidney transplant from her brother.


An Ohio nurse accidentally put a kidney in the trash, prompting the University of Toledo Medical Center to suspend its live donor program as it investigates the incident.

Doctors tried to resuscitate the kidney, which came from a live donor, but it was rendered unusable.

"We cannot fathom the disappointment that those impacted have experienced over the course of the last week. The University cannot begin to express the sorrow that we feel that this unfortunate incident occurred. We apologize sincerely," Dr. Jeffery P. Gold, University of Toledo chancellor and dean of the College of Medicine, said in a statement.

The hospital has voluntarily suspended its live kidney donor program and has placed two nurses on paid administrative leave while it investigates the incident.

"[We are] in the process of assessing how this situation occurred and we are committed to ensuring safeguards are put in place to prevent such an incident from ever happening again," Gold said, adding that the hospital was getting help from experts inside and outside the institution.

The University of Toledo Medical Center has performed more than 1,700 renal transplants since it began in 1972, with a 98 percent success rate, according to the hospital.

A spokesperson said the transplant program is expected to reopen in the next few weeks.

ABC News.com

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pinklipstick2

Aug 26 @ 12:18AM  
The sad part is . I can see that happening . My Brother in law went back in the hosiptal for an infection after surgery they kept trying to give him the wrong meds . The worst part they kept arguing about what his name was .
wetnsilky601

Aug 26 @ 8:24AM  
My problem is why are the nurses on paid leave? They shouldn't be paid for what they did!
Lisa46

Aug 26 @ 5:32PM  
I understand accidents happen I bet it wasn't marked properly due to someone mumbling the instructions. So before people start bitching about "paid leave" get the facts first.
StraddleMyNose

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Aug 26 @ 8:01PM  
Lisa, it would appear that your going out on a limb and giving the beneift of the doubt to those who are involved in this screwup. There is cleary negligence and incompetence going on there. Something like this (transplant(s) of organ(s)), people should always pay attention on their job with this kind of responsibility. Usually there are no second chances.

I'm sure a lawsuit will follow...and if not, I would be very surprised.

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Kidney for Ohio transplant thrown in trash