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Kidney Transplant Recipient Killed by Rabies from Transplant

Kidney Transplant Recipient Killed by Rabies from Transplant

Kidney Transplant Recipient Killed by Rabies from Transplant

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/16/health/rabies-killed-maryland-kidney-transplant-patient.html?_r=0

Health officials have released a report of a kidney transplant recipient being killed after contracting rabies from the donor. Three other recipients received organs from the donor the same day , and those recipients are being treated. Authorities have not released the patients name, sex, or date of birth. Doctors did not test the donor's organs for rabies because they did not suspect the donor had the disease. However, this is the second time rabies has been spread through organ transplant in the United States. The first instance happened in 2004, and three people died from a donor infected with rabies. Physicians hold that infections spread through transplants are uncommon. In fact, it occurs less than one percent of the time, but this one percent seems less trivial when one considers the amount of transplants that occur in the United States annually. Probably the most unsettling aspect of an infection through a transplant is that the hospital will give the recipient medicine which lowers the immune system and enables the infection to spread more rapidly. Transplant specialists must balance the needs of patients who desperately need transplants with the need of producing quality organs which will improve the quality of life of the patient. It seems in this particular instance that balance failed.

Contact with health care providers is an inevitable occurrence, and those health care providers normally provide excellent care. Yet, these professionals are human and can make mistakes. Unfortunately when health care specialists make mistakes lives can be changed forever. If you have a medical malpractice issue, contact us at (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to schedule a no-obligation meeting with a medical malpractice attorney.

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