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Nurse At Ohio Hospital Throws Away Kidney; Ruins Transplant

One year ago, an Ohio man donated his kidney to save the life of his sister. However, the Ohio hospital botched the transplant when a nurse accidentally threw the kidney away.

The University of Toledo Medical Center apologized to the family this week, and said it has "worked hard to learn from this incident."

Paul Fudacz Jr. sued the hospital for gross negligence and failure to meet accepted standards of care. However, the hospital has asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

On Aug. 10, 2012, Paul's right kidney was in a "slush machine" until it could be moved to his sister's room, who suffered from end-stage renal disease. A nurse, who just returned from lunch break, thought the kidney was already in the sister's room and discarded it. When the kidney was recovered, it could not be used because it was thrown away with other infected medical waste.

The sister required additional dialysis and four surgeries before she received a replacement kidney three months later. The lawsuit also claims the pair's parents suffered emotional distress and loss of consortium.

In wake of the incident, the hospital temporarily suspended its live kidney donor program. It has since resumed operations.

The nurse involved in the incident has since retired from the hospital.

The chancellor of the hospital also stated," While the legal realities of this situation are complex and ongoing, we have worked hard to learn from this incident and have spread lessons widely to try to make hospitals and transplant programs safer across the country."

Nurse errors occur when an RN or LPN fails to live up to the basic standard of care that one could expect from an experienced medical professional. These mistakes may lead to serious life-altering injuries or even wrongful death.

At Freidin Brown, P.A., our nurse/RN malpractice lawyers have experience handling all types of nursing error cases. In one case, we represented a family of a young man who bleed to death internally during surgery. In another case we handled, a patient needed to be put on dialysis. The nurse failed to read the charts providing that information, and as a result, the patient died.

Other examples of nursing errors include:

  • Failure to appreciate a patient's symptoms
  • Failure to dispense medicine
  • Failure to give correct medication
  • Failure to follow a doctor's orders
  • Failure to recognize signs of distress
  • Other errors resulting in life-altering injury or death

For more information, please contact us.

Source: CNN, "Ohio family: Hospital 'botched' transplant, threw out kidney," Aug. 30, 2013.

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