Botched kidney transplant leads to Ohio hospital being sued

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Franklin residents might be interested in this case. Due to a medical error, a family involved in a botched kidney transplant has filed a lawsuit against the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. According to the report, the Northwestern Ohio hospital accidentally disposed of a viable organ.

The suit filed a claim against the Toledo hospital claiming medical negligence and is seeking $25,000 for each of the eight plaintifffs. The nurse, who was placed on leave following the incident, allegedly threw away the kidney as medical waste during the day of the procedure, which took place last August. The nurse was one of two who were indicated in the event, and the second nurse was fired for violating policies regarding communication, logging out of the computer system, and for failing to stop the first nurse from removing items from the operating room before the procedure was completed.

The surgeon hired by the hospital to review the incident stated that it was baffling that the nurse would have thrown away a viable kidney. He also allegedly stated that he found no issues with the programs or system in place at the hospital, and did not believe that the safety systems in place caused the hospital to be at risk for this type of a mistake.

The woman who was going to receive the kidney, and her brother, the donor, filed the suit against the hospital. The claim is seeking $25,000 for each of these plaintifffs, as well as $25,000 for six additional family members.

In cases such as these, it’s important to seek legal information and to understand the rights of those involved. If the hospital is found to have been negligent, the plaintifffs may have a right to compensation and damages for the time spent away from work, pain and suffering, and other aspects of the case.

Source: 
Middletown Journal, “Ohio hospital sued over botched kidney transplant” No author given, Jul. 31, 2013

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