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Ohio hospital fights suit over tossed kidney

TOLEDO, Ohio — The University of Toledo Medical Center denies a family’s allegations of medical negligence over a botched kidney transplant and wants the Ohio Court of Claims to dismiss the case, according to court filings.

The hospital has said a nurse accidentally threw out a chilled, protective slush containing a viable kidney donated to a Toledo woman by her younger brother in August 2012.

The 24-year-old woman, who was suffering from end-stage renal disease, later received a different kidney in Colorado, court records show.

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A complaint by the siblings and their family alleged the facility in northwest Ohio was negligent, causing physical and emotional suffering for the patients and emotional distress for their parents.

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The sister awoke in a recovery area with no incision and initially feared her brother had died in surgery, the complaint said.

Her parents worried about their daughter’s prognosis and about their son losing a kidney in vain, it said.

The complaint also said the parents and other siblings lost the pair’s comfort and companionship because of the alleged negligence.