When a Texas grandmother needed a kidney transplant, her granddaughter was found to be an appropriate kidney donor. With the love between a grandmother and her granddaughter as the sole motivating factor, the kidney transplant surgery took place on February 1, 2012, with the granddaughter donating one of her healthy kidneys. The kidney transplant surgery was successfully completed without complication, giving the grandmother what was supposed to be the gift of renewed life.
What was unknown to both grandmother and granddaughter at the time of the kidney transplant surgery, the grandmother had terminal cancer – had they had that information at the time of the kidney transplant surgery, the granddaughter alleges in her recently filed medical malpractice claim that she would not have donated one of her kidneys to her grandmother. As a result of the unnecessary kidney transplant surgery, the granddaughter alleges that she incurred unnecessary medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment.
The Texas medical malpractice lawsuit filed against the grandmother’s nephrologist and his medical practice alleges that less than two weeks before the kidney transplant surgery, the grandmother was admitted to a local hospital due to headaches and elevated blood pressure. A CT scan of her head at that time was interpreted by the radiologist as showing temporal bone irregularities and the radiologist’s interpretation was that metastatic disease or multiple myeloma (a serious cancer of the blood) could not be excluded. Nonetheless, the defendant nephrologist allegedly failed to review the CT scan results before the kidney transplant surgery, according to the granddaughter’s medical malpractice lawsuit.
The grandmother was diagnosed with terminal multiple myeloma in August 2012 and died at the age of 63, in January 2013. The granddaughter alleges that her grandmother should not have had the kidney transplant in February 2012 had the defendant nephrologist timely reviewed the CT scan findings that were suggestive of cancer. In short, the granddaughter’s healthy kidney that was transplanted into her grandmother was wasted, and she would never have agreed to donate her kidney to her grandmother under such circumstances.
The 31-year-old granddaughter’s Texas medical malpractice lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory damages.
Organ transplantation has become safer and more common throughout the United States as advances and progress in transplantation techniques and the better efficacy of anti-rejection medications have made organ transplantation more readily available to more people, with the primary limitation being the limited availability of donor organs.
Many organ transplant recipients are living healthier, longer, and more rewarding lives as a result of such advances in transplant medicine. Organ transplant donors have also benefited from transplantation advances, resulting in less pain, less scarring, quicker recovery, less down time, and reductions in the number and severity of complications from being an organ donor.
If you or a loved one suffered unexpected complications or unanticipated injuries as a result of organ transplantation in the United States, you should promptly seek the legal advice of a local medical malpractice attorney in your U.S. state who may investigate your medical negligence claim for you and represent you or your loved on in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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