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Siblings sue after kidney thrown out
It was a brotherly gift that would have saved her life.
Paul said, I called her and said I was a perfect match and she choked up and hung up on me [laughs].
Siblings and friends-- Paul Fudacz, offered to donate a kidney to his sister Sarah, who was suffering from end-stage renal failure.
Before the two went into surgery at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Paul held his sister's trembling hands and made a promise.
"Just wait, after the surgery your hands will stop shaking, he said.
But when Sarah awoke...
I knew something had gone wrong as soon as I was being rolled out of surgery because I lifted up my shirt and there was no incision, Sarah said.
I kept asking Where's Paul? No one would give me a concrete answer. They were diverting their eyes; they wouldn't even look at me. At that moment I thought something had happened to Paul Jr. That would be my absolute worst nightmare. (Cries), she said
Finally a doctor said Paul was alive, but there was a problem.
He said they had to go look for the kidney.
A nurse had thrown it away, thinking it was medical waste.
Somebody wasted part of my brother, Sarah said.
The hospital eventually found Sarah a partial match, not like Pauls perfect match, which would have saved her a lifetime of medication and complications.
Besser said, He did that without any benefit to his sister. There also is a benefit if you get an organ from a living donor.
Paul says he's not angry but he wishes he could have kept his promise,
She's still on so many medications her hands still shake.
In a statement the hospital said "We apologize sincerely. We have done our best to provide many remedies to help those affected move forward."
But they're asking a judge to dismiss parts of the lawsuit. Under Ohio law, the most either of the siblings could hope for is $250,000.