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Ohio family settles over botched kidney transplant


By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A family that sued after a nurse tossed a healthy kidney in the trash during a transplant has settled its lawsuit against an Ohio hospital for $650,000.

A patient, Sarah Fudacz, who was 24 at the time, was to receive her brother's kidney in 2012 but awoke without having undergone surgery because the nurse had accidentally thrown it out.

Fudacz later received a different kidney but the family sued the University of Toledo Medical Center, claiming medical negligence.

In a settlement approved Wednesday by the Court of Claims of Ohio, the money will be split among Fudacz and her brother along with their parents.

The Toledo family said the mistake deeply affected their lives and that the kidney Fudacz later received isn't a perfect match, meaning it will not last as long as her brother's would have.

The hospital, which helped the woman find a new kidney and pay for travel expenses to Colorado for the surgery, fired one nurse. Another nurse who disposed of the kidney retired.

It also temporarily suspended its live kidney donation program until undergoing reviews that led to procedural changes it believes will keep the mistake from happening again.

A report by a surgeon hired by the hospital to review its program called it "baffling" that the nurse would accidentally dispose of the viable kidney. At the same time, the report found no problems with the systems that would have indicated the hospital was at risk for such a mistake.

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greatbirdusa May 29 2014 at 5:56 PM

Not enough money.
Should have been 650 million.

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msanbaker May 29 2014 at 6:55 PM

The nurse should never work in the field again.

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telvis May 29 2014 at 7:21 PM

People have sued for a lot less and received a whole lot more. This isn't enough.

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Guest! May 29 2014 at 6:35 PM

The nurse(s) should have been named in the article. They deserve to be stigmatized for their gross carelessness and incompetence.

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danyelle.marks May 29 2014 at 7:21 PM

how stupid was that??i'm a nurse and i wouldn't wait to be fired, i would just leave. that's the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard. just don't get how you could throw a kidney in the trash.

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MARTHA & PERRY May 29 2014 at 7:33 PM

her brother had one kidney removed for nothing. fire the entire O.R. staff.

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f1v79 May 29 2014 at 7:24 PM

Retired? Does anyone accept responsibility for their actions anymore?

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fitzbeerman May 29 2014 at 7:38 PM

Why would you ever throw a kidney in the trash to begin with? Wouldnt you plae it in a container first until after the operation?

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rjggoldstandard May 29 2014 at 7:08 PM

Isn't there a 5 second rule? Just rinse it off and carry on. I've eaten a steak off the deck before with no ill effects.

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kwikrdrvr May 29 2014 at 7:11 PM

Good thing it was pre-Obamacare or she'd still be waiting for another kidney.

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