A kidney was accidentally transplanted in a wrong patient at USC University
Hospital, following which the hospital has shut down its kidney transplant
program last month, prior to which the hospital would perform about two transplants
per week. The hospital authorities expect transplants to begin from Friday.
It was a deadly error but fortunately the patient who was
given the wrong kidney did not have any complications as the kidney was a
compatible match. The original intended recipient of this misplaced kidney received
another one after few days.
Apparently the mix-up happened because
two kidneys from separate donors came to the transplant center around the same
According to the chief executive of transplant donor network agency OneLegacy,
Mr. Thomas Mone, the packaging and documentation was accurate and presumably it
might have been a human error at the hospital. Â The State Department of Public Health and the
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which regulates the transplant
programs for the US government is investigating this case.