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09/03/2012

Patients given cancerous organs in hospital blunder

Two transplant patients are entitled to seek medical negligence compensation after receiving kidneys from a donor who had a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

The incident took place at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after it had received the organs from a donor who died at another hospital and who was later found to have cancer.

Days after the transplant operations took place, the patients involved were told of the blunder and were forced to undergo six weeks of chemotherapy.

The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) which oversees organ transplants in the UK has admitted liability for the incident, stating that there had been a failure in communication between both the hospitals.

Both patients suffered severe personal injuries and emotional turmoil as a result of the blunder and the subsequent chemotherapy, including depression, muscle wastage, and weight gain.

Medical negligence compensation for both patients has not yet been agreed.

 

 
 
 
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