The majority of doctors and nurses in New York are diligent when it comes to providing their patient’s with the best care. They work hard to ensure that every surgery is a success. No matter how careful they are, however, it only takes one mistake to dramatically alter someone’s life. A University hospital with a better than 98 percent success rate on kidney transplant operations recently made an unthinkable error that resulted in a medical negligence lawsuit.
When a 24-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital for a kidney transplant last year, she thought she was being given a second chance at life. She was in end-stage renal failure and needed a new organ to stop dialysis treatments and get on with her life. Luckily for her, her 20-year-old brother was a perfect-match donor and agreed to give her one of his organs. Unfortunately, a rare mistake was made in the operating room that made the transplant impossible.
After the young man’s kidney was removed, a nurse mistakenly threw it in the trash. Doctors tried to resuscitate it, to no avail. As a result, the woman had to undergo more dialysis before the hospital could find her another organ and perform a successful surgery. The patient and her family have filed a lawsuit against the hospital, seeking damages and pain and suffering.
The hospital admits that the kidney was thrown away but denies negligence. They have asked the lawsuit to be dismissed.
If you are a victim of hospital error, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, you may want to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.
Source: ABC News, “Toledo Hospital Threw Out Donor Kidney, Now Denies Negligence,” Susan Donaldson James, Aug. 29, 2013