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{VIDEO} Nurse Who Threw Donor Kidney in Trash Makes Going to the Hospital Scarier

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Everybody makes mistakes. Right? In any given occupation, even the most responsible, intelligent, hard-working professional is going to have the occasional D'oh! moment. It's just a shame when an on-the-job slip-up involves something like a recently donated kidney being thrown in the garbage by a nurse. Especially when that recently donated kidney came from a very much alive man whose older sister was waiting to receive said internal organ. D'oh!

Hey, I'm not gonna judge -- I threw my house keys in the garbage by accident once. (That sucked.) Like I said, everybody makes mistakes. But here's the truly eyebrow-raising part of the story, in my opinion: Doctors considered using the kidney even after it was discovered in the trash. In fact, they "tried unsuccessfully for at least two hours to resuscitate the organ." (I don't even want to know what that process entails. Did they try to shock it back to life? Throw cold water in its ... non-face?)

This was a kidney, not a day-old muffin in some bakery's bargain basket! I won't even drink from a carton of milk that somebody forgot to put back in the fridge, and these doctors actually thought about surgically transplanting an improperly disposed-of organ into a human being's body?!

Thankfully, "the physician in consultation with the family decided to not take the risk knowing there was a good chance for another highly compatible donor."

But the fact that they almost did take the risk should serve as an important reminder for the rest of us: Doctors (nurses, dentists, etc.) don't always know best. I'm not saying they never know best, but they're just people, and people screw up from time to time. So if you're ever in doubt about a procedure or diagnosis or something just feels "off," ask questions! Get a second opinion! Do whatever you need to do.

I'm pretty sure the five-second rule does NOT apply to donor organs.

Do you think this story makes going to the hospital even scarier?

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Comment by Bombahdrop on September 17, 2013 at 9:08am
Hell Yeah this makes me nervous to go to a hospital. I don't trust. People I don't know personally and why shouldn't I feel this way look at these Docterd and the stuff they are doing. They make mistakes that could be avoided most of the time.
Comment by Bombahdrop on September 17, 2013 at 9:02am
Yeah definetly Sue her butt! While their at it, find out if she's a match, if so she needs to give up her own kidney to save the patient as part of her punishment for being so careless with a procedure she's carried out for so many years correctly, no problem, all of a sudden she loses focus Why, wth distracted her this one time, after so many years under her belt doing a good job.
Comment by Christie Love on September 16, 2013 at 9:10pm

THIS WORLD IS A SCARY PLACE TO BEGIN WITH SO I AM NOT SURPRISED TO HEAR ABOUT THIS STORY. WE JUST GOTTA BE CAREFUL OF WHO WE PUT OUR TRUST INTO***

Comment by J Brown on September 4, 2013 at 1:06pm
Theirs stupid in all walks of life including nursing. That's a dumb ass
Comment by Cee Gee on September 3, 2013 at 11:53am

Well did the person get in trouble for throwing the kidney out?  I smell a lawsuit....

Comment by paulla on September 2, 2013 at 12:58pm
Has to be a better CHAIN of COMMAND.
Comment by Kamilah M on September 2, 2013 at 10:44am
As the blogger says: mistakes happen. This is a very tragic mistake and one that may cost her her license. I feel bad for the donor and recipient. I feel bad for the nurse too. She must be devastated that her mistake was so detrimental. All of this is so unfortunate. I hope the recipient receives a compatible kidney and the donor is fully compensated. That is y nurses and M.D.'s get malpractice insurance for
Comment by paulla on September 2, 2013 at 6:40am
Now someone needs to take her damn kidney. Unprofessional.
Comment by Bombahdrop on September 1, 2013 at 11:38pm
@ tee, Helloooo lolz she really needs to be held accountable. I don't care if she was on Crystal Meth or Bath Salt, she shouldn't be high on the job in the first place. Whatever the reason this accident, it dam sure wasn't no accident.
Comment by Tee on September 1, 2013 at 10:28pm
This nurse and the entire situation MUST be investigated. There is NO WAY she didn't know what she was throwing out. There are PROCEDURES and she needs to be held ACCOUNTABLE.

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