Living Donor Risks Living Kidney Donor OPTN

Second Living Kidney Donor Death in 2015

This one occurred last month at UCSF. Little details are known at this time, but the program has been halted temporarily (standard procedure).

Earlier this year, don’t forget, Jamie Donaldson died at Gulf Coast Medical Center.

This makes TWO living kidney donors deaths (within 30 days of surgery) in 2014 and TWO in 2015….. That the public and media knows about, that is.

Why so cynical, you ask?


Well, the first articles that emerged about this living donor’s death said:

“According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN), from 2009-13, four living kidney donor deaths due to medical causes were reported nationwide within the first 30 days of donation, none of which occurred at UCSF.”


Read that again: Between 2009-2013

4 kidney donor deaths in 5 years sounds a hell of a lot better than 8 deaths in 7 years, doesn’t it?

More details as I get ’em.


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