Kidney Transplant Operation Gone Wrong [Video]

Where's the Kidney?

Where's the Kidney?A family is upset about a nurse who threw out a brother’s kidney before it had a chance to be given to his sister. The family is still hurt because of the negligence of the hospital and has decided to speak out about it. They initially thought Sarah Fudacz had died because her surgery was over so soon.

Sarah’s kidney transplant was scheduled after she suffered kidney failure in her teenage years. She was diagnosed in March 2012 with stage 4 renal failure. She was in desperate need of a transplant. Before being put on the transplant list she suffered painful dialysis many times a week up through her mid-twenties.

At that time everyone of her family members that were 18-years-old and above were tested in hopes of finding a match. The only person that turned out to be a perfect match was her younger brother, Paul Fedacz Jr.

Paul Jr. said that once he learned he was the match he was excited but freaked out all at the same time. He said he was thrilled that he was given the opportunity to help his sister but scared about losing an organ.

Next came time for the surgery. The surgery was scheduled in August at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Paul Jr. and his sister, Sarah were prepped for the procedure and taken to surgery; both of them excited and nervous.

Sarah was finally getting help by receiving her brother’s kidney and anticipated waking up to a new start. To Sarah’s surprise she awakened but had not had surgery. One of the nurse’s had thrown the kidney out by accident.

In the interim a staff member from the hospital had removed the Kidney from the trash but it was no longer usable. Sarah said she saw the kidney in an incubator type container but it was contaminated with particles from being in the waste. Sarah said when she saw it and realized she had not been cut that she knew that kidney was supposed to have been transplanted into her.

Meanwhile, their parents, Ellen and Paul Fudacz Sr., were oblivious sitting in the hospital waiting room anxiously waiting for their children’s surgery results. They expected Paul Jr. to be the first one out of surgery because he went in first. To their dismay they saw on the hospital electronic board that their daughter was out first. Immediately they thought the worst.

Ellen said she was so afraid because she thought her daughter was dead. She said they were left there for a long while without anyone saying anything to them.

Once Paul Jr. awakened from his procedure to find out what had happened to his kidney he immediately felt disrespected. He said hate continues to build as a result of this negligence.

The University of Toledo Medical Center later helped Sarah by locating another kidney and even paid for her to get to Colorado for the surgery. The surgery was a success. The hospital continues to deny medical negligence and wish to have this case dismissed.

The hospital has apologized and said they have done their best to remedy the situation and to assist them as they transition on from this as smoothly as possible. They added that they do understand the legal realities but have worked hard to learn from this as well as educate other hospitals in hopes to make worldwide transplant procedures more safe.

The Fudacz family is suing the hospital because they feel that is not sufficient. Paul Jr. is without a kidney and the pain of the entire ordeal has affected this family greatly. They also said they are grateful that Sarah received a kidney but it isn’t a perfect match and won’t work as well or as long as her sibling’s would have.

After the incident happened Sarah had to endure four surgeries, more dialysis, and the everyday stress related to the uncertainty that a suitable kidney would be found.

The family said they had hoped to steer clear of a lawsuit but there was no way around it. The family and the hospital are still in the midst of the suit battle and have not reached any agreements as of yet.



By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


12 Responses to "Kidney Transplant Operation Gone Wrong [Video]"

  1. Bitter and Disallusioned   July 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    None of these people should be permitted to continue practicing in health care period. In addition the circulating nurse, whomever was responsible for “babysiting” the organ, and the surgeon should all be required to donate a kidney.Reprehensible. I understand the young mans anger. My husband and I made the mistake of joining the kidney transplant list in a small program in Columbia University. Long story short, the day my husband got the cadaver kidney was one of the happiest and anxious days of my life. The kidney lasted for six years. Due to the transplant, my husband has developed 99% antibodies in his blood and can only get a transplant if we find a perfect match. Why does he have this problem? His transplant nurse lied to me, that’s why! They were so motivated to get him in there program that she intentionally mislead me. She told me and I quote, ” this cadaver kidney is of great quality, primarily due to the fact that the donor committed suicide and was quickly found by his parents. The organ was harvested in a very timely manner and is as close to a living donor as you can get.” She told me it was an excellent match and wanted to know how soon we could be there.
    Post surgery we were informed that the kidney was a 1/4 match, which is the worst not the best. Six years later when my husband goes into full renal failure again, we move to a bigger program in Madison, WI on the advice of the brilliant team at Columbia University. Well of course a perfect match is a perfect match so even at Madison we are looking at on average a 10 year wait. Through this process I requested all of my husbands transplant records and much to my dismay I discover our donor did commit suicide, but he was incarcerated in prison at the time with a history of drug addition, alcoholism, and was being treated for depression. Yes sure enough, there within the records I requested is the real deal.
    Columbia is done with him. They have discarded him like so much trash. Goodluck and best wishes! Thanks for doing your transplant here; it enabled us to secure additonal monies from the National Kidney Organization (70% of the funding comes from the US government, uh oh you know what that means) not to mention the $500,000 your insurance carrier and of course you have paid us over the last ten years.

  2. anonymous   September 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    @Liz the hospital that trashed her kidney is in Ohio. But Denver is where the mistake was fixed. N shouldn’t the surgeon/hospital have Malpractice Insurance to cover surgery mishaps.

  3. Atul Salgaonkar   September 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Surgeon is typically the captain of the surgery team. In many hospitals, worldwide, there is a short conference in the OR / Operating Theatre where the plan is discussed with the entire team. After this, there is a “one minute pause” where any member of the surgery team can ask a clarifying/confirming question. This simple technique has caught many errors and prevented sentinel/ “never’ events.

    Legal and finance processes are compensatory in nature, and do not have the benefits that apriori preventive approches can provide.

  4. josh   September 1, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I hope this family owns this hospital!

  5. Danielle   September 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

    First of all… When you are a circulating nurse in the OR you should know the procedure being done and what is supposed to be done with that organ once it is removed! I work in the OR and this is totally rediculous!! It’s not just her fault, it’s everyone’s in there for not making sure that the organ was properly handled. At the hospital where I am the surgeon handles the organ and flushes it and then the nurse takes it to the receiving patient!!! This is just a damn shame!!! So sad!!

    • Ian Carr   September 1, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Good point, where was the surgeon when this occurred and what was it doing unattended?? Very good point.

  6. mom of 2   September 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I was a patient there..they told me I had a possible lung cancer and wanted to do an open lung biopsy.They were seriously mad when I went for a second opinion. Turns out that from the previous bouts of penumonia I had a lung infiltrate. When I went back to tell them the second opinion they told me I would be dead in a year as they were never wrong.When they merged with Toledo hospital they lost the caring aspect of Med college of OH.Now they are just a big money making machine.Oh and my death sentence was given to me 30 years ago and I am still here.

  7. Pete Greer   August 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm


  8. Pete Greer   August 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    There are good and bad nurses, I have personally witnessed some real bad ones who will argue against the family ember and even call security, in order to remove a family member and further their medical negligence, which I have witnessed to reach the degree of attempted murder( via gross and wanton as well as willful negligence for pleasure, making the patient worse or even causing them to die and they always get away with it, even if what they did went against a doctors orders. It is recommended to not have anything to do with tenet owned “hospitals’ as the nurses and management are of the worst stripe.

  9. Liz   August 31, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Wow! Thats some bs. So they wanna give the girl some kidney they found cause they f**** up and the brother is just out of a kidney cause it was threw away! No way. I want my kidney back Denver my sister didnt get it. And since. I can’t get it back cause your lousy staff tossed it. I want money lots and lots of money enough money for me n my sister for the rest of our life’s!!!

  10. saol   August 31, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    basic grasp of english language and writing skill clearly not necessary for the writing of this article

  11. Ian Carr   August 31, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    That surgical center should be shut down immediately and re-certified. There is no excuse for a nurse coming on shift and disposing of an organ without first determining it’s status, none at all.


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