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When a loved one in Tennessee or elsewhere is in need of an organ transplant, family members often step up to see if they might be a good match. Giving the gift of a vital organ is one of the most selfless acts that an individual can perform. In the case of one family, a kidney transplant from a granddaughter to her granddaughter has led to amedical malpractice suit, for a very unusual reason.

The lawsuit claims that the transplant was virtually useless, and that errors made by a physician led to a surgical procedure that placed the lives of both women at risk. The transplant itself was successful, but it was soon discovered that the recipient was suffering from terminal cancer. This diagnosis, according to the lawsuit, could and should have been made before the women were sent into the transplant surgery.

When the older woman suffered from a bout of headaches and high blood pressure, a CAT scan was performed. The results of that scan showed evidence that the woman might be suffering from either multiple myeloma or metastatic disease. Prior to that time, the woman had been placed on the list for a kidney transplant. The doctor who signed off on the transplant failed to review the CAT scan.

As a result, both women went through a difficult and dangerous medical procedure, when the grandmother had no hope of benefiting from the amazing gift her granddaughter gave. In fact, the older woman was diagnosed with multiple myeloma mere months after the transplant. She passed away just shy of a year from the date of the surgery. In filing the medical malpractice lawsuit, the granddaughter claims that this procedure was neither necessary or proper, due to the failure to properly diagnose the cancer already present in the grandmother’s body. For those in Tennessee who are preparing for an organ transplant, this case may offer a warning to be wary of a similar medical error.

When a loved one in Tennessee or elsewhere is in need of an organ transplant, family members often step up to see if they might be a good match. Giving the gift of a vital organ is one of the most selfless acts that an individual can perform. In the case of one family, a kidney transplant from a granddaughter to her granddaughter has led to amedical malpractice suit, for a very unusual reason.

The lawsuit claims that the transplant was virtually useless, and that errors made by a physician led to a surgical procedure that placed the lives of both women at risk. The transplant itself was successful, but it was soon discovered that the recipient was suffering from terminal cancer. This diagnosis, according to the lawsuit, could and should have been made before the women were sent into the transplant surgery.

When the older woman suffered from a bout of headaches and high blood pressure, a CAT scan was performed. The results of that scan showed evidence that the woman might be suffering from either multiple myeloma or metastatic disease. Prior to that time, the woman had been placed on the list for a kidney transplant. The doctor who signed off on the transplant failed to review the CAT scan.

As a result, both women went through a difficult and dangerous medical procedure, when the grandmother had no hope of benefiting from the amazing gift her granddaughter gave. In fact, the older woman was diagnosed with multiple myeloma mere months after the transplant. She passed away just shy of a year from the date of the surgery. In filing the medical malpractice lawsuit, the granddaughter claims that this procedure was neither necessary or proper, due to the failure to properly diagnose the cancer already present in the grandmother’s body. For those in Tennessee who are preparing for an organ transplant, this case may offer a warning to be wary of a similar medical error.

Source: Waco Tribune, “Granddaughter who donated kidney files malpractice suit“, Tommy Witherspoon, Aug. 9, 2014