Brother, sister talk about botched kidney transplant last year
One of the most difficult aspects of a surgical error is that the effects can long lasting or permanent. Last year, a transplant team in Ohio made an unthinkable error: A nurse accidentally threw away a kidney that a man had intended to donate to his sister. Recently, the story has come into the news again, as the brother and sister have filed a medical malpractice claim and have begun to talk about the terrible effects the hospital’s mistake has had on their lives.
The man was 21 at the time of the surgery. His sister was 24 and struggling with end-stage renal disease. In a recent interview with ABC News, the brother described waking up from surgery and realizing that while he was in pain, his sister was walking around.
The sister described how happy she was when she learned that her brother’s kidney was a match, and how she woke up from surgery with the feeling that something was wrong. Then she realized there was no incision. She received a kidney three months later, at a transplant facility in Colorado, but says the entire ordeal was devastating.
The family has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, which denied wrongdoing this week.