Kidney went to wrong transplant patient at New Jersey hospital

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey hospital says a kidney meant for one patient was mistakenly transplanted into another with the same name who was farther down the priority list.

Virtua Health says the Nov. 18 operation on a 51-year-old patient at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden was successful.

But officials then discovered the patient was given the kidney out of priority order because “unusually, the individual who should have received the organ has the same name and is of similar age.”

Virtua Health says the error was reported to state health officials and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

The patient who should have received the kidney also underwent a successful transplant on Nov. 24.

Officials say steps have been taken to prevent it from happening again.

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CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 22: Officer Adam Fulmore, of the Camden County Police Department, goes on a foot patrol on August 22, 2013 in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. The town of Camden, which was once a large industrial town but watched it's population dwindle as manufacturing left, has been marred with societal problems including high unemployment, crime, murder and heavy drug trafficking for decades. The Camden County Police Department was officially created in May, 2013, after the unionized Camden Police department was disbanded. The overhaul, which was supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has been considered unprecendented and has been closely watched around the country. The new force currently has approximately 280 members, and will reach full size by December, with 400 members. Early signs suggest the overhaul has been effective - The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Camden murder rates fell 29% from May, 2013 to July 2013, compared to the same period last year. Absentee rates of the CCPD is also lower: approximately 5% of officers have been reported absent so far, compared to approxmiately 30% of the Camden Police Department prior to the change in command. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 22: Officer Adam Fulmore, of the Camden County Police Department, goes on a foot patrol on August 22, 2013 in the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. The town of Camden, which was once a large industrial town but watched it's population dwindle as manufacturing left, has been marred with societal problems including high unemployment, crime, murder and heavy drug trafficking for decades. The Camden County Police Department was officially created in May, 2013, after the unionized Camden Police department was disbanded. The overhaul, which was supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has been considered unprecendented and has been closely watched around the country. The new force currently has approximately 280 members, and will reach full size by December, with 400 members. Early signs suggest the overhaul has been effective - The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Camden murder rates fell 29% from May, 2013 to July 2013, compared to the same period last year. Absentee rates of the CCPD is also lower: approximately 5% of officers have been reported absent so far, compared to approxmiately 30% of the Camden Police Department prior to the change in command. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 20: A boy rides a scooter past abandoned homes on August 20, 2013 in the Whitman Park neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. The town of Camden, which was once a large industrial town but watched it's population dwindle as manufacturing left, has been marred with societal problems including high unemployment, crime, murder and heavy drug trafficking for decades. The Camden County Police Department was officially created in May, 2013, after the unionized Camden Police department was disbanded. The overhaul, which was supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has been considered unprecendented and has been closely watched around the country. The new force currently has approximately 280 members, and will reach full size by December, with 400 members. Early signs suggest the overhaul has been effective - The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Camden murder rates fell 29% from May, 2013 to July 2013, compared to the same period last year. Absentee rates of the CCPD is also lower: approximately 5% of officers have been reported absent so far, compared to approxmiately 30% of the Camden Police Department prior to the change in command. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 20: A man walks his dog on August 20, 2013 in the Whitman Park neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. The town of Camden, which was once a large industrial town but watched it's population dwindle as manufacturing left, has been marred with societal problems including high unemployment, crime, murder and heavy drug trafficking for decades. The Camden County Police Department was officially created in May, 2013, after the unionized Camden Police department was disbanded. The overhaul, which was supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has been considered unprecendented and has been closely watched around the country. The new force currently has approximately 280 members, and will reach full size by December, with 400 members. Early signs suggest the overhaul has been effective - The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Camden murder rates fell 29% from May, 2013 to July 2013, compared to the same period last year. Absentee rates of the CCPD is also lower: approximately 5% of officers have been reported absent so far, compared to approxmiately 30% of the Camden Police Department prior to the change in command. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 20: Officer Tom Rambone, of the Camden County Police Department (CCPD), goes on a foot patrol on August 20, 2013 in the East Camden neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. The town of Camden, which was once a large industrial town but watched it's population dwindle as manufacturing left, has been marred with societal problems including high unemployment, crime, murder and heavy drug trafficking for decades. The Camden County Police Department was officially created in May, 2013, after the unionized Camden Police department was disbanded. The overhaul, which was supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has been considered unprecendented and has been closely watched around the country. The new force currently has approximately 280 members, and will reach full size by December, with 400 members. Early signs suggest the overhaul has been effective - The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Camden murder rates fell 29% from May, 2013 to July 2013, compared to the same period last year. Absentee rates of the CCPD is also lower: approximately 5% of officers have been reported absent so far, compared to approxmiately 30% of the Camden Police Department prior to the change in command. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 20: Khayree Battie (R) plays drums with a local drum line that goes by the name 'Vicious Victory' on August 20, 2013 in the East Camden neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. Vicious Victory was created by Travis Scott, a 25-year-old who wanted to give local children an alternative to turning to drugs and violence. 'I wanted to give them something to do,' Scott said, 'there's no after school programs...we practice outside, we even practice in the rain.' The town of Camden, which was once a large industrial town but watched it's population dwindle as manufacturing left, has been marred with societal problems including high unemployment, crime, murder and heavy drug trafficking for decades. The Camden County Police Department was officially created in May, 2013, after the unionized Camden Police department was disbanded. The overhaul, which was supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has been considered unprecendented and has been closely watched around the country. The new force currently has approximately 280 members, and will reach full size by December, with 400 members. Early signs suggest the overhaul has been effective - The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Camden murder rates fell 29% from May, 2013 to July 2013, compared to the same period last year. Absentee rates of the CCPD is also lower: approximately 5% of officers have been reported absent so far, compared to approxmiately 30% of the Camden Police Department prior to the change in command. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - OCTOBER 24: The restaurant and apartment building (R) at 1400 Sheridan St. where sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad, 41, had his blue Chevy Caprice that he was in when arrested in a Maryland rest stop registered to, is shown October 24, 2002 in Camden, New Jersey. Reports say Muhammad registered the vehicle September 11, 2001. Muhammad, and a man he reportedly has identified as his son Lee Malvo, were found sleeping in the car when the pair were arrested early Thursday morning. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
CAMDEN, NJ - AUGUST 20: Children play basketball in the street on August 20, 2013 in the Whitman Park neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey. The town of Camden, which was once a large industrial town but watched it's population dwindle as manufacturing left, has been marred with societal problems including high unemployment, crime, murder and heavy drug trafficking for decades. The Camden County Police Department was officially created in May, 2013, after the unionized Camden Police department was disbanded. The overhaul, which was supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, has been considered unprecendented and has been closely watched around the country. The new force currently has approximately 280 members, and will reach full size by December, with 400 members. Early signs suggest the overhaul has been effective - The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Camden murder rates fell 29% from May, 2013 to July 2013, compared to the same period last year. Absentee rates of the CCPD is also lower: approximately 5% of officers have been reported absent so far, compared to approxmiately 30% of the Camden Police Department prior to the change in command. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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