A nurse is in hot water after she may have accidentally took away a woman’s chance to live a healthy life. The Ohio woman threw away a kidney that had been donated by a patient’s brother in order to save his sister. In what doctors say was a freak and rare accident, they tried for two hours to bring the kidney “back to life,” but were unable to do so.
The man in Toledo donated his kidney to his older sister at the Toledo Medical Center.
“Human error rendered the kidney unusable,” said University of Toledo Medical Center spokesman Toby Klinger said.
The hospital isn’t giving out any more details on the incident. The media found out what happened to the kidney after one of the doctors, Dr. David Grossman, informed the Toledo-Lucas County health commissioner that a nurse had thrown the kidney away.
Two nurses have been put on paid leave during the investigation. Also, doctors have suspended the live kidney donor program while they try to figure out what happened in this case. Doctors chose to finally discard the “dead” kidney after speaking with the family and realizing that there is a “good chance for another highly compatible donor.”
Dr. William Harmon, director of kidney transplantation at Boston Children’s Hospital said that it was a good move to get rid of the bad kidney. He also said that this kind of error is not unheard of.
“This is unfortunately what medicine is like – it is not perfect, and there have been far worse cases where the donor has died,” Harmon said.