Ohio family speaks out about botched transplant

CREATED Aug. 31, 2013

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio family is speaking out about a botched kidney transplant in which a nurse threw out a man's kidney just before it was to be given to his sister.

Sarah Fudacz of Toledo was to receive her brother's kidney at the University of Toledo Medical Center last August but awoke without having undergone surgery because a nurse had accidentally thrown it out.

Her brother, Paul, tells The Blade of Toledo he was thrilled to sacrifice his kidney but felt disrespected after undergoing surgery for nothing.

The pair's parents say they thought Sarah was dead for about 20 minutes because they were told she was out of surgery before her brother.

The family is suing the hospital, which denies medical negligence.

The woman later received a different kidney.