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Hospital Denies Negligence after Throwing Away Donor Kidney

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

According to ABC News, the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) acknowledges its nurse threw out a kidney that a teen donated to his sister, but has still asked an Ohio state court to dismiss the case.

Nurse Throws Away Donor Kidney

  • Last August, Sara Fudacz, 24, was suffering from end-state renal failure when her teenage brother, Paul Jr., donated his kidney for transplant.
  • A nurse accidently disposed of the kidney, which was being kept in a protective slush.
  • Hospital staff attempted to resuscitate the kidney, but the kidney was rendered unusable as a result of the nurse’s actions.
  • In the months that followed, Sarah went through dialysis and four surgeries before UTMC arranged for an organ transplant in Denver.
  • The part-time nurse who threw away the kidney resigned, and the hospital fired another nurse who had relieved the part-time nurse while she took a break.

Hospital Asks for Lawsuit to be Dismissed

  • As a result of the nurse throwing away the kidney, the family of Sara Fudacz has filed a lawsuit against the University of Toledo Medical Center.
  • The lawsuit alleges that the medical center was negligent in its actions and caused damages of pain and suffering as Paul has now lost a kidney and Sara had to endure surgeries that would not have been necessary had the original transplant been completed.
  • While the hospital makes no denials in the actual events laid out in the lawsuit, it does claim that the actions were not medically negligent.
  • The hospital is also being sued by the nurse they fired under claims of wrongful discharge and defamation of character.
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