A Massachusetts jury cleared several Kidney Transplant Doctors of all charges after they transplanted a diseased kidney from a deceased homeless man into a Chronic Kidney Disease patient, Pierre Dimanche. The jury decided that the doctors were not negligent in Mr. Dimanche's death, reported Fox News Health. Essentially, the doctors nor the organ bank that provided Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with the diseased kidney will face any repercussions for the Kidney Transplant Recipient's death.
Pierre ultimately died from a very rare rodent virus found in the kidney known as Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (has only been transmitted via kidney donations four times before this). Still his family said, "the homeless man had extensive health problems, including signs of meningitis, that should have prevented his organs from being donated." Attorneys for the doctors and organ bank simply countered by noting that the kidney was classified as "high-risk" and that Dimanche was warned about the risk level, suggested the website, Sentinel and Enterprise.
Up to 10% of donated kidneys are considered to be "high risk" for the transmission of infections such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, even the most desperate patients among the over 100,000 on the Kidney Transplant List do not expect to die shortly after receiving a kidney transplant. It defeats the purpose. Yet that is exactly what happened to Mr. Dimanche.
His family contends that Pierre "couldn’t have understood the risks because they were conveyed to him in English, not his native Haitian Creole," reported Hearst Stations Inc. (on behalf of WCVB-TV). The jury rejected this claim even after hearing the extensive health problems of the donor, who had been living under a bridge, drinking a half-gallon of vodka a day, had a fever and a history of risky sexual behavior. It took them seven hours to deliberate.
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This tragic situation does emphasize the benefit of Living Kidney Donation as a faster and safer alternative to Deceased Kidney Donation (for more information click here). Nevertheless, before writing off accepting a "high risk" kidney entirely, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should know that researchers have found the process to be safe in most cases. Med Page Today published, "The donors did indeed have high-risk characteristics...researchers found that after two and a half years, 87% of kidney transplants in these patients [with "high risk" kidney transplants] were functioning well, and there was no evidence of any of the infectious diseases that had been absent on initial screening."
Hence, if you are considering accepting a "high risk" kidney, be sure to clearly understand the risk involved. Consider the following questions:
- What are the chances of survival?
- What disease(s) does the kidney have?
- How much will accepting a "high risk" kidney reduce the wait for a safer alternative?
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