Family settles over botched kidney transplant

A former school board president in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for having child pornography and obstructing official business. (WDTN Photo)
A former school board president in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for having child pornography and obstructing official business. (WDTN Photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A kidney transplant that went awry when a nurse tossed out a healthy organ will cost an Ohio hospital $650,000.

The settlement between the family involved in the transplant and the University of Toledo Medical Center was approved by an Ohio court on Wednesday.

The botched transplant happened almost two years ago as a 24-year-old Toledo woman was about to receive her brother’s kidney at the university medical center.

The woman awoke without having undergone surgery because a nurse had accidentally thrown out the kidney.

The woman later received a different kidney but the family sued the hospital, claiming medical negligence.

The hospital resumed its kidney transplant program after voluntarily suspending it. The hospital said reviews led to procedural changes it believes will keep the mistake from happening again.

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