Organ Allocation

Patient Got the Wrong Kidney at USC

You’re gonna want to read the whole thing:

USC University Hospital halted kidney transplants last month after a kidney was accidentally transplanted into the wrong patient, according to a spokesman for the program that coordinates organ transplants in Los Angeles.

And here’s my favorite quote:

As of late Thursday, USC hospital’s website still listed kidney transplants among its services and there was no obvious notice to patients or the public that the program had been suspended.

So imagine being a patient awaiting a transplant registered at USC. During that month, an organ could’ve become available, but you would’ve been passed over because someone(s) at USC screwed up.