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A New York woman died during a kidney transplant operation she was undergoing. She had wanted to donate the organ to her younger brother, Roberto Medina, the New York Post reported (6/8/2012).
Yolanda Medina died after her aorta was cut during surgery at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, according to the New York Post.
Roberto Medina suffers from renal failure and has been on kidney dialysis since February. He never received his sister’s kidney.
As New York medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand, when mistakes are made, the results can be tragic.
“While organ transplant surgeries often save lives, they do pose risks to both the donor and the recipient even in the best hospitals in New York,” medical malpractice lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s medical malpractice law firms, said.
After the accident, Montefiore Hospital voluntarily stopped transplanting organs from live patients, according to the New York Post. Yolanda was the first person in the hospital’s live organ donor program to die in over 40 years.
According to the New York Post, Montefiore said on its website that three people die out of every 10,000 living donor surgeries. This statistic shows deaths of these donors while on the operating table for organ donation to be rare.
“For families of those who die while donating an organ, it is critically important to determine whether the death was caused by unavoidable complications or by negligence,” said medical malpractice lawyer Perecman.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a wrongful death caused by the negligence of a hospital or medical professional, please contact the New York medical malpractice lawyers at The Perecman Firm.