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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.

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

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.

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.

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