Couple Files Medical Malpractice Claim after Hospital Uses Infected Kidney in Transplant
A couple has filed a medical malpractice claim against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after the hospital transplanted the woman’s kidney into her boyfriend even though she tested positive for hepatitis C. As a result of receiving the infected kidney, the man has developed liver disease as well, which may prove life threatening.
The man suffered from Type 1 diabetes and diabetes-related kidney disease. He was desperately in need of a kidney transplant, and doctors told him that a kidney from a live donor was more likely to be successful than one from a deceased donor. This prompted his girlfriend to volunteer her kidney.
The couple filed two medical malpractice claims against the hospital, four doctors, a nurse, and the hospital’s kidney transplant center. The lawsuits claim that the transplant team failed to notice the results of an important blood test performed several months before the transplant which clearly indicate she was infected with hepatitis C. Not only did they fail to dismiss her as a donor, but the transplant surgeon declared her to be an “excellent candidate.”
The lawsuits also claim that the doctors tried to cover up the error after the fact. According to the couple, the hospital accused her of cheating on her boyfriend and using cocaine once they informed her that she was infected.
The hospital has taken several steps to address this issue following the filing of the medical malpractice claim. Their live-donor program was suspended for several months while they investigated the issue. They also demoted a surgeon and suspended a nurse involved in the incident.
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer in your area can make sure your rights are protected.