A recent incident at a New York hospital has raised many concerns about the importance of safeguards to prevent unnecessary deaths during live kidney donor surgeries.
The kidney donor death was due to complications related to the surgery to remove her kidney, which caused her to bleed to death. The procedure, which occurred at Montefiore Hospital, is prompting many to second-guess these procedures and wonder how hospitals could allow such mistakes to happen to heroic donors who are putting their lives on the line. The fallen donor was hoping to donate her kidney to a male relative. That relative never received the kidney due to the complications.
A kidney transplant is usually a safe procedure. Live donor transplants do carry risks to both the recipient and the receiver, but in most cases, these procedures are very safe.
Are you suffering the loss of a loved one who died while donating their kidney? When such accidents occur, they are often due to the hospital or doctor negligence. You may be entitled to compensation if you have lost a family member due to preventable medical error, and you should contact our New York medical malpractice attorneys to discuss your case.
Could a Clamp Be the Problem?
A similar bleeding death incident was related to the use of a specific clamping device. Recalled in 2006, the device was not for use in live kidney donor cases because the risk of it slipping out of place was significant. In 2008, another victim suffered a similar fate when they bled to death due to the use of the faulty clamp. In that case, New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys determined that the accident was due to medical negligence.
Risks in Kidney Transplant Deaths
There is always the risk that something will occur during surgery that could result in death. However, according to Montefiore’s own website, this type of incident is very rare. It notes, “The risk is estimated at 0.03 percent, or 3 out of every 10,000 surgeries.” The hospital has a renowned and prolific kidney and organ donation program, having performed more than 35,000 procedures since 1967.
The risks are low, but when doctors make mistakes, people’s lives change forever. We encourage you to contact us about your loss. Our team of New York medical malpractice lawyers will help you to get the compensation you deserve.
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