serious medical error was committed at the National Taiwan University Hospital
(NTUH) when five transplant patients received organs from a deceased
donor's HIV-positive test result was discovered by the medical staff 24 hours after
the transplants were completed. Immediately, damage control process of HIV
prophylaxis was begun on the patients. Further tests on the patients also
turned out to be HIV-negative.
has made available the treatment plans for all the five patients and will be taking
care of all their hospital expenses. Negotiations have also begun about compensating
the victims for the medical negligence.
authorities have blamed TUH for this grave error .The TUH transplant department
head, Ko-Wen-tse faces punishment and has resigned from the services of the
hospital, accepting responsibility for this medical error. A fine of 500,000
New Taiwan dollars (US $16,400) has been slapped on TUH for this accident.