COLUMBUS, Ohio — A family is speaking out about a botched kidney transplant in which a nurse threw out a man’s viable kidney just before it was to be given to his sister, saying that at first they assumed the woman had died because her scheduled surgery ended so soon.
Sarah Fudacz, 25, was to receive her brother’s kidney at the University of Toledo Medical Center last August but awoke without having undergone surgery because a nurse had accidentally thrown it out.
Hospital staff had recovered the kidney from the trash, and Fudacz said she saw it sitting in an incubator-like box, contaminated with biowaste and no longer usable.
“I saw the kidney and had a moment with it. … I was thinking, ‘This should have been transplanted into me,” Fudacz told The Blade of Toledo (http://bit.ly/15o6X46) on Friday during an interview in her attorney’s office in Columbus.
The hospital later helped Fudacz find a new kidney and pay for travel expenses to Colorado for the surgery, which was successful.
Still, the Toledo family is suing the facility over the mistake, saying that it deeply affected their lives and continues to cause them pain. And they say the kidney Fudacz received in Colorado isn’t a perfect match, meaning it will not last as long as her brother’s would have.