Skip to comments.Ohio Transplant Victim Says Hospital 'Wasted' Brother's Trashed Kidney
Posted on 08/31/2013 6:26:30 AM PDT by Hoodat
An Ohio man who had his kidney surgically removed to save his sister's life, only to see it accidentally thrown out by a nurse, said he lay "in a lot of pain" unable to help.
His sister Sarah Fudacz thought she was being given the gift of life as hospital staff wheeled her into surgery last August at the University of Toledo Medical Center, she told "Good Morning America" today.
Instead, she woke up to a nightmare: A kidney that was a perfect match was in the trash.
"Somebody wasted part of my brother," Sarah Fudacz, who was 24 at the time, said.
"I knew something had gone wrong as soon as I was being led out of surgery, because I lifted up my shirt and there was no incision," she said today on her 25th birthday.
"I thought this was going to be the end of it and I'd finally start feeling better," she said. "I remember just asking over and over again, what happened?"
Paul Fudacz, 21, was also shocked to learn of the accident. "What really made it clear to me was seeing my sister walking around fine, and I'm laying in bed in a lot of pain."
The siblings, their parents and four other brothers and a sister have filed a lawsuit against the UTMC, which this week denied all allegations of medical negligence.
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I had to have a partial kidney removal last year (I had stage III kidney cancer). My doctor recommended the Cleveland Clinic, and I couldn’t have been more impressed. They were extremely professional.
Let’s hope stories such as those in the OP are the exception, not the rule...
I think the lawsuit is baseless.
The hospital arranged for a replacement kidney.
So the girl got her kidney. The brother suffered the same amount of pain regardless of whether it was his kidney or not used.
The only person who has a case to sue is the person who would have received the replacement kidney if the brother’s kidney had not been thrown out.
It is lawsuit madness.
Furthermore, tort reform has not been touched by obamacare as the democrats have been bought and paid for by the trial lawyers.
The brother wasted a kidney for the trash can. I would like to hear the evidence in court.
The unfolding of events that led to an item as rare as a freshly donated, matched kidney ending up thrown in the trash by a nurse reveals a systemic failure of the criminal kind.
In a just world, the people responsible would be lined up against a wall, blindfolded and shot.
Hope you made/make a full recovery. Prayers up.
She wanted her brothers kidney for good reasons and did not get it. The brother now has to live with one kidney because of idiots in the hospital. They definitely have a lawsuit and should bring it
Would you like to live with one kidney for no good reason?
Something here doesn’t sound right. I don’t believe this story.
Not quite. The man donated his kidney to benefit his sister.
Who donates a kidney to be thrown in the trash. His health can falter later and for what? No good reason. The sister now has a kidney, but the perfect match is not there requiring how many more anti-rejection drugs? There has been harm done, just not as measurable as you would like.
First time in my life I'd been on morphine, which worked wonderfully! I was flying high and feeling no pain...for the first 2 days. Then they stopped it and gave me something milder. I was crying within hours, and I'm not one to cry casually. The good news is:
Hope you made/make a full recovery.
My last C/T scan showed no trace of cancer. I missed 7 months of work last year, but I'm now back full time.
Thank you very much!
She didn’t get a kidney....she said on FOX this morning that she’s hopeful to get one come November - in Colorado.
My friend got a liver transplant there, went well. I hope you are doing allright now.
The people were on FOX this morning. This young woman did not get another kidney and the brother wanted to save her by giving his own compatible kidney.
They have every right to sue. He put his own life on the line and incompetence ruled they day!
I'm glad to hear your friend is doing well, it's a great facility.
I hope you are doing allright now.
I am, thank you!
are you a hospital administrator? Risk manager? surgeon? er nurse?
This is not comparable to suing because you spilled hot mcdonalds coffee on your own lap
Message to self: do not elect james c bennet to anything, not even dog catcher.
I want the responsible parties to be held accountable, but I’m thinking that execution might be a tad extreme under the ciercumstances.
Ever think of reading the whole story before condemning people who file lawsuits?
The woman(sister) woke up without an incision,i.e. no transplant.
Someone in the operating room threw away her brother’s kidney.
MUCH harm was done through careless and inattentive medical staff.
There is no good reason for these things to happen.
As a matter of fact,it occurs to me that such events were rarer in old times before the “improvement” in hospitals that replaced 2 nurses and three aides in a ward with three nurses. None of the nurses want to give the common care like bedpans ,bed-making,fetching a glass of water, or taking a few minutes to listen.They are busy “professionals” more concerned with status and paperwork and gossipping at the nurse’s station.(I have been in hospital and had friends and relatives enough in hospital to have seen these things.)
Of course the government and insurance companies that are more interested in denying treatment or payment because some damned form has the wrong code are much of the problem.
For example,after being transported by ambulance following a head-on collision that destroyed both cars,I had the full attention of two hospital people at my emergency room bedside while they filled out forms but then only the briefest attention from a nurse and doctor for my injuries.Which due to the body’s shock did not really hurt until hours after a hasty discharge.
The shift in recruiting from emphasizing helping people to high salaries has not improved patient care.That applies to doctors ,nurses,and every one else in health care.Nor has the increased number of administrative staff.
And that to me is the purpose of medical insurance. I couldn't work the rest of my life to pay for a liver transplant. Yet my insurance premiums are going through the roof - not because of liver transplants, but because of idiots going to the emergency room because they have the flu.
Say that when someone you love needs a replacement organ, finds it after a lengthy search, only to have a nurse throw it in the trash out of baffling negligence.
please are you freaking kidding me? The dude underwent major surgery for nothing and is now permanently at risk for problems because he is short a kidney and you think there is no law suit? There own employee admits she foked up and pitched it? This hospital either has an extremely myopic general counsel or the hospital administration is terminable stupid. They are going to get hammered.
I know someone who gave a kidney to save his wife’s life.
I’d hate to her what he would say if they had done this to him.
The hospital didn’t *arrange* for a replacement kidney. She remained on the UNOS waiting list. Arranging for a kidney is what the brother did.
The hospital deserves absolutely everything coming to them.
Maybe the stupid nurse has been dipping into the medicine cabinet. If you are stupid drugs make you even stupider.
I know. All hospitals should be driven out of business if they are not perfect.
This story is a classic example of what is happening to medicine as a result of nurse and hospital staff unionization. Instead of being focused on the patients, their organs, or grafts during surgery they are worried about getting their f***ing breaks. The scrub techs don’t stay through the whole case so the nurses are walking in and out of the operating room to get a break and the kidney in the basin and the Patient on the table is secondary . Since there was no communication between the unionized nurses they threw out the bucket of ice slush with the kidney. The nurses involved with the case should have their license pulled. Physicians and Surgeons can no longer reprimand nurses , it is against the union rules.
Products of our failed educational system are integrating into the work place...get used to it.
Hospitals are the most dangerous place in America.
Similar to public schools; where the staff is more concerned with the union than the children.
I’m with you. The psychological torture of this all? Absolutely. Someone SHOULD be shot for this as a reminder of why it’s so bloody important to follow all the rules and do things right!
I can hear your sarcasm from way over hear. I don’t think anyone is advocating perfection. Mistakes are often made. Having said that:
A viable kidney was thrown in the trash. Once the mistake was realized, the ischemia to the kidney was beyond repair.
A healthy male was left without a renal safety net. While the initial choice to drop the net was his, his choice was that it be given to his sister, not thrown away.
A young lady who had a perfect sibling match for direct kidney donation remained on the UNOS list for a potentially less ideal match. (Surely you must know that sibling matches are ALWAYS the best choice for matches, even down to bone marrow).
The hospital denies culpability.
And they don’t have a lawsuit???
When you do not know what you are talking about, best to keep your mouth shut.
As someone who lives with one kidney, I am fully aware of the fact that while I am alive, my one kidney cannot function as effectively as two kidneys. That fact is reflected in my renal function blood tests over the past 20 years. Her brother’s life has been significantly impacted by his donation of a kidney.
Plus, she will have far more challenges living with the kidney she ended up receiving rather than her brother’s kidney which would have been a perfect or near-perfect match.
As to the hospital, the fact that the administration is not willing to make a settlement is a reflection on their lack of morality. In my opinion, they were grossly negligent in this matter and should have been proactive in reaching a reasonable settlement.
Even having to undergo anaesthetics without justification is harm, especially to the elderly.
You’re going to start seeing hospitals go under, particularly smaller hospitals in bluer democrat (and lawyer) dominated states. One thing I
Am going to enjoy is watching these marginal lawyers start to go without medical care. As I often say here, schadenfreude may be the only pleasure left.
The story at the link says she got a kidney.
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