Kidney Mix Up Shuts Down Transplants

By: Susan Harris - Staff Writer
Published: Feb 19, 2021

Kidney Mix Up. A kidney was transplanted to the wrong person causing a mix up at USC University. The hospital has shut down the transplant program until further notice.

“The patient escaped harm apparently because the mistake involved a kidney that happened to be a close enough match,” said Bryan Stewart, a spokesman for One Legacy, which was notified of the mix up by the hospital. The hospital confirmed that it had temporarily and voluntarily halted transplants Jan. 29 after a “process error” was discovered.

The hospital did not detail the nature of the error and declined to answer questions. However, it said that no patients were harmed. A spokesman for the state Department of Public Health said the licensing agency was investigating.

“The hospital inactivated the program while clinical protocols are assessed and additional safeguards to the kidney transplant program are developed,” the hospital’s statement said. It also notified the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) on Feb. 4 that the program had been halted.


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