University Hospitals in Ohio has apologized for the error (Picture: Getty/Rex)
A hospital in Ohio accidentally transplanted a kidney into the wrong person leaving the intended recipient forced to wait for their life-saving surgery.
University Hospitals, where the mistake happened, has said two members of staff have been placed on leave following the blunder on July 2.
Hospital officials made a public apology for the error on Monday, saying they plan to launch an investigation into how the organ ended up inside of the wrong person’s body, according to the New York Post.
They said: ‘We are dismayed that an error recently occurred resulting in one patient receiving a kidney intended for another.
The intended patient must now wait for the life-saving kidney transplant (Picture: Rex)
The person who wrongly received the kidney happened to be compatible with the donated organ and is recovering on a ward.
The other patient, however, who should have received the kidney has had his surgery delayed, the statement added.
Hospital bosses have informed the United Network for Organ Sharing about the mixed-up surgery.
The organization oversees transplants and is reviewing the incident ‘to understand what led to the error and to ensure that such an event will never happen again’.
‘We have offered our sincerest apologies to these patients and their families’, The Ohio University Hospitals spokesperson added.
‘We recognize they entrusted us with their care. The situation is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to helping patients return to health and live life to the fullest.’
According to records, the hospital system has performed 95 kidney transplants this year and did 194 in 2020, Cleveland.com reported, citing data from the US Department of Health and Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
University Hospitals has not said when the patient who is waiting for a kidney transplant will finally undergo their crucial operation.
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