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Nov. 27, 2019: Wrong Patient Receives Kidney Transplant at NJ Hospital

Wrong Patient Receives Kidney Transplant

On November 18, 2019, Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ performed a kidney transplant on the wrong patient. The patient who actually received the transplant was a 51-year-old male. Officials stated that this recipient was in need of a kidney, but he was out of priority order based on the matching organ donor list.

This individual shared the “same name and is of similar age” as the intended recipient, according to a Virtua Health statement.

The patient who was set to get the kidney transplant underwent a successful transplant this past Sunday, November 24. Virtua advised that both individuals are doing well.

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Virtua Health

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