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Kidney Transplant Infects Patient With HIV and Hepatitis C

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Kidney Transplant Patients Sues After Being Infected With HIV and Hepatitis…

A transplant patient who underwent surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center has filed a law against the hospital claiming she received a kidney that was infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

university of chicago medical center Kidney Transplant Infects Patient With HIV and Hepatitis C

The 33 year-old patient, named only as Jane Doe, alleges the hospital knew the donor, who was homosexual, was in a high-risk group and purposefully withheld this information from her.

The patient said that had she known the “true nature of the donor’s lifestyle and the risks associated with receiving his kidney” she would have never agreed to the surgery.

The woman had been on dialysis, for a condition that was not life-threatening, when she was notified of an available kidney. She consented to surgery and the kidney was transplanted on Jan. 9, 2007.

Later that year in Nov, the woman was asked to return to the hospital for tests because one of the other three organ recipients from the same donor had tested positive for HIV. The test determined she was infected with HIV and Hepatitis C.

The patient’s body rejected the kidney in July. She is now back on dialysis, awaiting another transplant.

The law suit charges medical negligence for failing to notify the woman of the high-risk donor and for not testing her for HIV three months after the transplant – as recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the case of high-risk donors.

A total of four patients were infected with HIV from the donor, officials say it’s the first documented case of the virus being transmitted by organ donation in the U.S. in more than 20 years.

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