Woman sues hospital for medical negligence

When a patient in Maryland needs a new kidney, it can be extremely difficult to wait for the perfect match. During renal failure, patients often have to undergo dialysis several times a week. They may also experience emotional stress at the prospect of dying before a suitable organ is found. Imagine then, how wonderful it would be for a patient to find out that a family member could be a perfect-match donor.

A 24-year-old woman received the gift of a lifetime when her 20-year-old brother agreed to give her a kidney. The young woman was suffering from renal failure when her selfless brother agreed to undergo surgery and a painful recovery in order to save her life. His kidney was removed during surgery last year, but in a surprising and rare turn of events, that organ was not given to his sister. A nurse took the perfectly healthy kidney and accidentally threw it in the garbage.

The hospital admits that they kidney was mistakenly thrown in the trash can and found a different donor organ for the woman, but they are denying medical negligence. The patient and her family have filed a lawsuit against the hospital, asking for damages for pain and suffering. The lawsuit claims that she went through painful dialysis and emotional distress in the months between the failed surgery and the successful one.

If you are a victim of hospital negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, worsened condition, and pain and suffering. For more information on filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may want to contact an attorney.

Source: ABC News, “Toledo Hospital Threw Out Donor Kidney, Now Denies Negligence,” Susan Donaldson James, Aug. 29, 2013

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