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Woman dies in surgery while trying to donate kidney

Perhaps the last place we would expect medical errors to occur would involve organ donors. Sadly, a woman recently died while in the process of donating a kidney that was intended for her ailing brother. A surgical error occurred while the woman was on the operating table, and this resulted in her aorta being lacerated.

The woman was 41-years old, and also the mother of three children. Her brother was suffering from renal failure and had been on kidney dialysis for several months. Fortunately, another suitable donor was found after his sister's death, and he did receive a kidney transplant.

All care must be taken anytime a medical procedure takes place. We presume that medical mistakes only occur when difficult surgical procedures are being performed. However, it's much more common for medical mistakes to occur when routine medical procedures are being conducted. That's why safety procedures must be put in place in the event that an error does occur - even for types of procedures where we don't expect errors to occur.

If a routine medical error does occur resulting in injury, the patient or the patient's family may wish to contact a Pennsylvania attorney that has a detailed understanding of what is entailed when a medical malpractice suit is brought. Such attorneys can provide options, and also have a good idea of what is and is not acceptable medical care.

The brother that was supposed to be the recipient of his sister's kidney is now apparently overcome with guilt and grief. He has spoken about how "she lost her life trying to save mine."

Source: Huffington Post, "Yolanda Medina, New York Mother, Dies During Operation To Donate Kidney To Brother," by Tara Kelly, June 7, 2012

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