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Kidney donor’s death a ‘nightmare scenario’ for UCSF program

Kidney donor’s death a ‘nightmare scenario’ for UCSF program | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

News from the United States that the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has suspended its live donor kidney transplant program whilst an investigation is carried out into the recent death of a live donor following surgery.  

 

UCSF’s suspension of its living donor program for kidney transplants this week after the death of a donor highlights a rare but potential complication for a procedure that’s typically an altruistic gift by a friend or family member to a patient who requires a kidney transplant.

 

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Deborah Verran's insight:

A reminder that live kidney donation involves major surgery both for the donor as well as the recipient and hence is not risk free.

 

Results of the investigation into the death of this particular donor are now awaited

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A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On

A Brain Is Dead, a Heart Beats On | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A court was recently called to intervene after a California hospital pronounced a girl dead after complications from surgery, but her family insists that she is alive. The case has attracted both conventional media and social media discussion and comment as it has played out via repeated court proceedings and subsequent action.

 

For commentary via the New York Times click on the banner headline.

 

For an Intensive Care Unit nursing perspective on this case click on the following link posted via the Hastings Center-

http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Bioethicsforum/Post.aspx?id=6679&blogid=140

 

For commentary on the management of another case of a pregnant woman being cared for in a Texas hospital following also being declared brain dead click on the following link to a blog composed by a Paediatric Specialist-

http://www.carilionclinic.org/blogs/ackerman/another-side-brain-death?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferc8257&utm_medium=twitter

 

Finally for the update on the outcome of the legal battle waged by the realtives of the youn girl pronounced dead in a Califronia hospital click on the following link-

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/girl-declared-brain-dead-moved-hospital

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

The management of patients following a diagnosis of brain death continues to provide challenges within the United States.

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Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite

Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Two adult males,Darren Hughes and Robert 'Jim' Stuart died less than three weeks after what they believed would be life-saving kidney transplant surgery.

 

Preliminary investigations have determined that the donor organs may have been harboring a rare form of parasite and that this parasite then led to severe illness in each of the two men.

Deborah Verran's insight:

The results of several investigations are now awaited. As outlined in the online report this is an extremely rare infection and has previously only been described in a small number of cases.

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Transplant surgeon acquitted- LA Times

Transplant surgeon acquitted- LA Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Grappling with ethical questions about organ transplants, a San Luis Obispo jury in California recently acquitted a surgeon accused of trying to hasten a potential donor's death.

 

This report outlines some of the issues associated with the case as presented to the court. This is an  important read for anyone who may have a role in organ donation.

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