An Ohio hospital apologized Monday after one of its patients received a kidney that was meant for someone else.
Two employees involved in the shocking mix-up have been placed on administrative leave while officials at Cleveland’s University Hospitals investigate the incident.
The person who was given the wrong kidney is expected to recover since the organ happened to be compatible, the healthcare system said. The other patient’s surgery, however, has been delayed because of the error.
“We have offered our sincerest apologies to these patients and their families,” hospital spokesman George Stamatis said in a statement.University Hospital of Cleveland
“We recognize they entrusted us with their care,” he said. “The situation is entirely inconsistent with our commitment to helping patients return to health and live life to the fullest.”
Officials said they were investigating what led to the transplant error to prevent it from happening again. The hospital has also notified the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the country’s transplant system.