Major Kidney Transplant Error at University Hospitals
What happened at UH?
After a major medical mistake, two University Hospitals (UH) “caregivers” are on leave pending an investigation.
On July 2, there were two kidney transplants taking place at UH. A kidney meant for one patient was negligently given to and transplanted into the wrong person. Now the other patient has to wait for another kidney to become available, placing them back on the waiting list of 2,700 people in Ohio.
“We are dismayed that an error recently occurred resulting in one patient receiving a kidney intended for another,” stated George Stamatis, UH’s Senior Media Relations Strategist. “The kidney is compatible and the patient is recovering as expected. Another patient’s transplant surgery has been delayed.”
The issue has been reported to the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is under review.
“We are also carefully reviewing this situation to understand what led to the error and to ensure that such an event will never happen again,” George Stamatis says.
Organ Donation and Transplantation Statistics
- Over 90,000 candidates are on the waiting list for a kidney donation in the United States.
- Individuals wait on average 3.6 years for a kidney transplant.
- 12 people die each day while waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.
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