(CBS/AP) An Ohio nurse accidentally threw out a kidney from a living donor this month at the University of Toledo Medical Center, health officials said. Doctors tried unsuccessfully for at least two hours to revive the organ in what medical experts describe as a rare accident.
"Human error rendered the kidney unusable," University of Toledo Medical Center spokesman Toby Klinger said Saturday. "Efforts were made to restore the kidney to a usable state, however the physician, in consultation with the family, decided to not take the risk knowing there was a good chance for another highly compatible donor."
Klinger declined to give more details, citing the hospital's investigation and patient privacy. But one of the doctors involved told Dr. David Grossman, a Toledo-Lucas County health commissioner, that a nurse disposed of the kidney improperly.
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