Organ transplants have given some Delaware residents a second chance at life. Transplant recipients often feel like they have been given a gift and hope for their remaining life. Sadly, due to apparent surgical errors, a man’s transplant in another state became a nightmare.
A preacher and enjoyed his role in his community prior to his transplant, but he suffered medical problems related to his kidneys. Physicians and the pastor determined his best option was to receive a kidney transplant. Fortunately, the pastor did not have to wait for a match as his daughter donated him a kidney. The transplant appeared to go as planned, but after he was discharged to home he began to experience unexpected symptoms.
After his wife took the patient back to the hospital, the man was placed in an intensive care unit and was not expected to live. The man became septic from leaking urine into his abdominal cavity. He believes that during the surgery, his ureter — the tube that connects the kidney to the bladder — was cut and not properly attached to his organs, resulting in devastating medical complications. The man did survive the sepsis, but had to have his feet and fingers amputated in the process.
The man and his wife have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against his medical providers for the surgical errors the plaintiffs claim led to his amputations. Additional hospital admissions and surgeries are unexpected expenses for a patient and can result in financial stress as a patient attempts to heal. As in this man’s case, medical errors can also change a person’s quality and way of life. Delaware medical malpractice attorneys can advise patients who have had similar experiences in this state of their options to file a lawsuit in civil court.
Source: abc7.com, “Inland Empire pastor sues hospital for kidney surgery complications“, Josh Haskell, Sept. 26, 2017