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Kidney Donor Deaths – Could Better Alerts and Warnings Save Lives?

Medical Malpractice AttorneyNew York medical malpractice attorneys often see sad stories like this one. A woman died trying to donate her kidney to save her brother’s life, bleeding to death after the surgery. Her death may have been due to a preventable error by the medical team. Such incidents have sparked discussions about medical error and the need for safeguards to prevent such errors.

In this situation, Florinda Gotcher’s procedure went well, but 30 minutes later in the recovery room, she took a turn for the worse. She was rushed back into the operating room and opened up. Blood had pooled in her abdomen. It left the mother of four dead from massive and sudden internal bleeding.

Later, the family learned the accident was not just a freak turn of events but rather it had happened to others prior to her procedure. In the procedure, doctors must cut the renal artery and then close it back up or it will lead to the patient bleeding to death. In laparoscopic kidney procedures on live donors, it is not possible to use a small surgical clip to hold it closed because in previous cases, the clip could easily slip out of place, leading to bleeding.

Why New York Medical Malpractice Attorneys Worry

In fact, this was not the first or second time someone had died as a result of the use of this clip. In four other situations, live, healthy kidney donors died from the same events. Here’s what’s worrisome.

  • Previous surgeons sent warning letters to the FDA about the risk.
  • The manufacturer, Teleflex, sent warning letters to hospitals about the clips.

In the case of Gotcher, the medical facility did receive these warnings but since they were not using the clip at the time of the receipt of the letter, did not maintain those documents. As such, use of the clip later on was missed.

It’s Devastating

When this happens, New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys know the heart-wrenching complications it leads to in the lives those are left behind. That is why they work actively to educate and aid individuals in cases like these. Talk to our New York malpractice lawyers about the options available to you if you or a loved one has suffered as the result of such actions.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a personal injury or medical accident, please contact Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. personal injury lawyers serving injured victims in New York and New Jersey at 800-529-9997.

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