An inquest has taken place following the deaths of two patients who each received an infected kidney transplant procedure. According to reports, the kidneys came from a donor who was an alcoholic and had parasitic worms in his system. The worms were capable of causing a form of meningitis, which is the condition the donor was found to have died from.
Despite the fact that several other hospitals had already rejected the organs, they were accepted for transplant at Cardiff’s University Hospital in Wales towards the end of 2013. The family of Darren Hughes, one of the transplant patients who died, have stated they were not aware of the condition of the organ.
The widow of Robert Stuart, the transplant patient who received the deceased alcoholic’s other kidney, also stated she was completely unaware of the nature of the kidney. Mr Hughes died in December 2013 while Mr Stuart passed away in the same month, after becoming poorly just days after his operation took place. The inquest is continuing and the outcome is yet to be determined. However two families have lost people very close to them owing to this situation.
How dangerous is a transplant procedure?
Most people are aware that a transplant of any kind carries significant risks. However for some it can be the only way to go forward and have a healthy life. While it is common not to be aware of whom the donor is, it is exceptionally rare for a situation such as this to occur.
In this case organs were provided for transplant that the families and individuals apparently were not aware could be diseased. According to reports, the kidneys had been rejected several times by other hospitals already.
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