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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Perfect Kidney Match Thrown Away

KidneyAs I have previously discussed, Sarah A. Fudacz, 24, was supposed to receive her younger brother’s kidney, which was considered a perfect match, during a 2012 transplant surgery.  Unfortunately, after her brother’s kidney was removed, a nurse inadvertently disposed of it. As a result of the nurse's actions, Sarah required additional surgeries and had to wait an additional three months for a replacement kidney.  Despite the availability of the kidney, it is not a perfect match like her brother's kidney, so there is a higher probability her body might reject it.


Originally, the family filed a suit against the University of Toledo Medical Center, seeking damages for the loss of the perfect kidney and the suffering Sarah’s brother underwent during the risky surgery. However, on Aug. 27th, the medical center asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.


See John Bonifield, Ohio Family: Hospital 'botched' Transplant, Threw Out Kidney, CNN, Aug 30, 2013.



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