Due to this hospital error, the recipients will contract HIV at the same time they are receiving anti-rejection drugs for their new organs; two treatments that are opposite of each other.
It is reported that the hospital staff member thought he heard that the HIV test on the donor was “non-reactive,” which was incorrect.
The health department in Taiwan is describing this malpractice as “appalling negligence.”
Clearly, there needs to be a new protocol or system for transplants, if it is this easy to be confused. What would stop this mix-up from happening again? It is possible that the hospital is negligent for failing to conduct a detailed health history of the donor.
As a medical malpractice law firm, we are very appalled to hear of these malpractice cases that could be life threatening. If you have been a victim of medical malpractice in Washington State, contact an attorney immediately. Call Christopher Davis at Davis Law Group to schedule your free consultation, (206) 727-4000.