Dallas Hospital Suspends Transplants After Kidney Goes to Wrong Patient

Methodist Dallas Medical Center says employee who made mistake no longer works at hospital

By Mark Schnyder
|  Thursday, Jul 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:32 PM CDT
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Methodist Dallas Medical Center has temporarily stopped doing kidney transplants after realizing a kidney went to a wrong patient.

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News

Methodist Dallas Medical Center has temporarily stopped doing kidney transplants after realizing a kidney went to a wrong patient.

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Methodist Dallas Medical Center temporarily has stopped doing kidney transplants after realizing someone got a kidney last week that was meant for another patient.

A Methodist spokesperson said the patient who received the transplant is fine and has no complications.

The kidney was a match.

The hospital said an employee made a mistake when matching up the donor ID with the recipient's name.

The person who made the mistake no longer works for Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Methodist spokeswoman Kathleen Beathard of Methodist said they should resume their kidney transplant program "soon."

Meantime, any patient on the kidney waiting list who has a chance to get a kidney now will still be able to. The surgery will just have to happen at another hospital.

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