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Wow: Nurse Accidentally Throws Away Kidney a Man Donated to Save His Sister

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.

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“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.

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  1. Sondra

    August 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Sorry to hear about the situation, nobody perfect. I hope everything turn out for the better.

  2. Derrick

    August 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

    First, a caucasoid injects 25 patients with the hepatitis b virus at a New Hampshire hospital, now this crazy cracker throws away a kidney to save somebody!!!


    • Debby

      August 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Where does it say the nurse was a cracker?

  3. Brian

    August 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    There is no way in this day and age this type of accident should ever happen! They can take you FedEx delivery from remote areas around the world and you’re telling me that you can’t track a live kidney that should be handled by the team that should be implanting it in the recipient patient. Stop it!

    • Debby

      August 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Even FedX looses a package once in a while.

  4. Tharetha

    August 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Wow that is really sad I am a receipent of a kidney and a pancreas my new life has been amazing without any rejection, My heart goes out to the patient and brother God bless both of them…..

  5. laura

    August 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Whoever wrote this article needs to proofread. This is so unprofessional. “A nurse is in hot water after she may have accidentally took away a woman’s chance to live a healthy life.” You should say ” have TAKEN away”.Not ” Have TOOK away”. Rules of the past participle.

    • Christopher

      August 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Please leave grammar and english principles alone. This is an article about news, not an english class.


        August 27, 2012 at 1:21 am

        Thank you Christopher.

      • Debby

        August 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Well said Christopher.

    • sherry

      August 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm


  6. Max

    August 27, 2012 at 5:37 am

    You people are soo NAIVE. None of you ever stop to ask yourselves, how and why is it that these things seem to almost only affect or happen to black people. That because its not ACCIDENTAL. ITS A PATTERN. WAKE UP OR DIE ! We have been asleep much too long.

  7. Ayeemeyeenaye

    August 27, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I’m really confused. Is there a picture of the victim in this article that I missed? Where in the article was it stated the victim was black. I feel crazy right now because were it not for the comments above I would have never assumed the victim was black.

    • Debby

      August 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      My sediments exactly.

      • d-rhyme

        August 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        Your PDA is bad as mine. You meant sentiments. Lmao

  8. Thalia

    August 27, 2012 at 7:19 am

    This is so tragic. Living related donor kidneys are such a gift.. This hospital and it’s staff deserve the tough scrutiny they are receiving.. Even if she gets another kidney it will not be as good as the one she would have received from her brother. I am a Transplant Nephrologist and find this totally unacceptable .

  9. jacquee wilson

    August 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Who says it wasn’t donated to someone else? Hmmm…

  10. Sista If

    August 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    It’s so EASY to sit on this side of the story and point the finger. there’s a lot of pressure working in that field, more than you know. How many times had the nurse preformed that procedure without an error? No nurse would put her career in that position without it being a human error.

    We put too much faith in man, if you’re looking for perfection look to God. People DIE EVERY DAY under the care a “Doctor” but they have all their excuses ready for you when they come to you with the news.

    I wonder what the staffing ratios are like where that nurse worked? That’s just ONE question I would ask~~~ give the human a break …..if it’s deserved.

    • Derrick

      August 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      “We put too much faith in man, if you’re looking for perfection look to God.”


      You negroids and this god mess!!!

    • sherry

      August 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Derrick, you are ULTRA STUPID!

  11. Kerri

    August 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    ….after she may have actually TAKEN away….

  12. pnut

    August 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    All I can say is…wow!!!! Call it what you want but seeing that the operation is crucial enough, you’d think putting the highly needed kidney in a safe place would be FIRST (after maintaining the recipient’s vitals). Yes, everyone makes mistakes but when you’ve involved two lives (brother AND sister), this type of mistake is ridiculous!!!!!!

  13. Deana

    August 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    No one wins in this situation. The donor was robbed not only of his kidney but his chance to provide the gift of life to a sibling. The patient who needed the kidney was robbed of that gift from a sibling but was hopefully able to receive another from a different donor. The donor probably feels responsible for her brothers loss on top of hers. Lastly, the nurse must be punishing herself for such a mistake. She caused everyone the patient the donor the doctor the hospital and herself to lose out on such a great exchange. I feel for them all but mostly for the nurse who is probably punishing herself as her profession is one that involves providing healing and compassion for the sick. I pray they all can get pass this error and live life positively and to the fullest.

  14. Bernieb

    August 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    If it’s God’s will, everything will work out.

  15. brotherscoe

    August 29, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Derrick before your life is over, you will be calling out for Jesus Christ, for help.

    • Derrick

      August 29, 2012 at 6:49 am

      You are right! I will be calling out for:

      J ustice
      E quality
      S pirituality
      U nderstanding
      S oul

      How you like me now?

      lawd, J.E.S.U.S.!!!! I’s prayin’ for ya’

  16. patrice

    August 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Personally, I don’t think it was thrown away. Kidneys are very much in demand and can be expensive.You can switch good kidney for bad. We are living in a time when persons will do anything for money.They will hit you with the bus then run over you two or three times.

  17. moon head

    August 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    This Derrick guy, makes everything racial. Where in this article, was race even mentioned? How would Derrick, or any of the other race hustler know, the race of the victim, or that of the patient? His racial animosity, has finally drove this idiot mad, as an rabid dog. He trolls the INTERNET all day, and turns every story into an racial diatribe. He lacks as much merit, and credibility as the KKK, and even makes a mockery of his own comments.

  18. Danita Johnson

    August 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Sorry; but, not only is the nurse in hot water, the entire hospital, and its reputation and insurance liability are in hot water; and, will be paying for this mistake that never should happen anywhere. Sometimes, people are in the operating rooms laughing and joking around, and being negligent. People think hospitals, police stations, churches etc are all doing what they ought to be doing when in actuality, they are all doing the complete opposite. We all need to wake up to the reality that human error is worst today than it has ever been because people of today takes nothing seriously…including human life.

  19. Ironwomanwalker53

    September 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm


    You are so right! Human life means nothing to most people. If it’s not happening to them, they don’t give a damn. I’ve witnessed such situtions which required professionalism, and people were standing around acting anything but. To all those people who are always bitiching about why so many people are suing these days. Suing is the only way to bring attention to people who take risk with other peoples lives.

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