So I can completely understand why an Ohio family were horrified and outraged when the kidney harvested from Paul Fudacz Jr that was intended for his sister, was tossed out by a nurse before he was even out of the anesthetic.
Can you imagine making that sort of a sacrifice, deciding to give up one of your major organs only to wake up and find out that it was all for nothing? Yeah, I’d be furious too.
The hospital did try to make amends for the mistake. Another donor was found and Ms Fudacz was flown to their location, all expenses paid by the hospital. Well that’s nice, I suppose. At least they were willing to admit they’d made a mistake and try to fix it rather than write it off as “Sorry, out of our hands now” as so many others would.
The family, however, has now decided to sue the hospital, seeking twenty five thousand dollars compensation each.
The hospital immediately did everything in their power to fix the mistake. Ms Fudacz got her kidney, no expense to her. The end result was exactly what it would have been if the replacement surgery had gone according to plan. In fact, you could argue that, with the hospital footing the bill, Ms Fudacz was actually better off. Sure, her brother is now down a kidney, but he would have been anyway.
But on the other hand, this is a clear case of a hospital fucking up. It’s not just an accident or bad luck, it was a screw up that never should have happened. One could argue that the hospital shouldn’t be allowed to get away with just sweeping this under the rug by “fixing the problem”, and that the family has every right to be compensated for the unnecessary physical and emotional distress they went through as a result.
Hmm … to sue, or not to sue. That definitely seems to be the question.