CLEVELAND — A hospital in Ohio has admitted that a patient was given a replacement kidney that was supposed to go to someone else.
University Hospitals officials in Cleveland apologized for the error on Monday and said two workers had been placed on administrative leave. Officials say the kidney donated to the wrong patient is compatible, and the patient is likely to recover.
The procedure for the other patient has been postponed. Officials say the hospital is looking into how the error happened so that it doesn’t happen again.
In a statement, hospital spokesperson George Stamatis stated, “We have extended our heartfelt apologies to these patients and their families.” “We acknowledge that they have entrusted us with their care. The scenario contradicts our commitment to assisting individuals in regaining their health and living life to the fullest.”
The United Network for Organ Sharing, which oversees the national transplant system, has been alerted by the hospital.
Stamatis remained silent on Tuesday.