COLUMBUS, Ohio - A Texas surgeon is reviewing a living-donor kidney transplant program suspended by an Ohio hospital where a donated kidney apparently was put with medical waste instead of going to the intended recipient.
The University of Toledo Medical Center suspended the program and hired the consultant to evaluate its transplant procedures following the Aug. 10 incident. The review was expected to begin Thursday.
State health officials also are looking into the incident at the request of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Meanwhile, UTMC has notified 975 patients and potential organ donors and recipients that they may need to make other arrangements for services typically provided through the program.
The facility has put two nurses and an administrator of surgical services on paid leave but won't explain exactly why.