The University of Toledo Medical Center has been ordered by a court to pay over half a million dollars in a lawsuit filed by a former patient.Sarah A. Fudacz filed the lawsuit after a botched August 2012 surgery in which a kidney donated by her younger brother, Paul Fudacz, Jr., was inadvertently thrown away.
The University of Toledo has been ordered to pay a $650,000 settlement in the case which alleged medical negligence."The University of Toledo Medical Center has created a unique environment of safety in our transplant and other programs that is second to none. Other hospitals and transplantation programs across the region and the country continue to learn from our experiences to improve patient safety and provide the highest levels of care," the university said in a statement when the lawsuit was filed. "Out of this difficult situation health care quality and patient safety has been dramatically transformed."
In early 2013, the University of Toledo announced that living-donor transplants had resumed at UTMC after they were voluntarily suspended following the mishap.
UTMC officials said that their procedures had been reviewed and they changed their procedures to make sure the mistake would never happen again.