Woman gets cancer from transplanted organ

Imagine spending months or years on a waiting list for a new organ. Finally, you get a match, have the operation and leave the hospital ready to go on with a long and healthy life. But, what if that new organ makes you sick? What if that new organ gives you cancer? This is the last thing you expect when you receive a transplant, but it can happen.In June of 2016, a California woman received a new pancreas and kidney. In December of the same year, surgeons had to remove the organs because the pancreas was cancerous.

Unfortunately, it was too late for the doctors to stop the cancer from spreading throughout the woman's body. Due to the cancer, surgeons had to remove a fallopian tube, lymph nodes, an ovary and bowel. Two other people that received organs from the same donor also developed cancer but the doctors did not remove the organs in time and both patients succumbed to the illness.

As a result, the hospital involved in the surgery and two organ donation organizations are defendants in a lawsuit. The plaintiff is claiming that the hospital and donation organizations failed to ensure that the organs were fit for transplant. In other words, they did not test the organs to make sure they were free from disease.

Whether you are seeing a doctor for a transplant or for a more simple procedure, you put a great amount of trust in the medical staff, hospital and any other health care professionals involved. Due to this, we tend to hold the medical industry to a very high standard. In addition, when things go wrong for a patient due to medical malpractice or negligence, the results can be catastrophic.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a faulty medical product or malpractice, you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and other damages. You should not have to suffer because of someone else's mistake.

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