Ohio’s University Hospitals has acknowledged that a kidney intended for one patient was wrongly implanted into another patient, leaving the intended recipient waiting for a kidney transplant and remaining one of almost 1,100 other people in Northeast Ohio who are waiting for kidney transplants (2,700 people throughout Ohio are on kidney transplant waiting lists).
Two University Hospitals (“UH”) caregivers are on administrative leave as a result of the July 2, 2021 kidney transplant surgery mixup. UH refused to identify the employees or their positions at the hospital and provided no information about how the kidney transplant mixup had occurred. A spokesperson for UH stated, “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.” UH reported the error to the United Network for Organ Sharing (“UNOS”), which manages the national organ transplant system.
UNOS reports that 64,973 patients in the United States are currently waiting for a kidney transplant. The National Kidney Foundation reports that the average time a patient waits for a kidney transplant is 3.6 years, with 12 dying every day while waiting for a kidney to become available.
UH issued the following statement: “The University Hospitals Transplant Program is comprised of a highly qualified, multidisciplinary team of experts with decades of transplant care delivery and research experience. We are dismayed that an error recently occurred resulting in one patient receiving a kidney intended for another. The kidney is compatible and the patient is recovering as expected. Another patient’s transplant surgery has been delayed.
We have notified the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the organization that manages the national organ transplant system. 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. Two of our caregivers are on administrative leave pending the determinations of our investigation.
We have offered our sincerest apologies to these patients and their families. We recognize they entrusted us with their care. The situation is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to helping patients return to health and live life to the fullest.”
In 2019, a kidney transplant patient in New Jersey who had the same name and was of a similar age as another kidney transplant patient suffered a similar kidney mixup incident, but received a kidney transplant several days later.
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