Case study: wrong advice on kidney transplant
Amanda, West Sussex
Hospital doctors incorrectly advised 22-year-old Amanda to take a kidney donated by a deceased patient rather than her own mother for an urgently needed transplant. The transplant failed and the impact on Amanda’s health means that it is very unlikely that she will be able to undergo any further transplants. She has been condemned to a life on dialysis and has a greatly reduced life expectancy.
Amanda’s case was taken on by Sally Leonards, one of the experienced medical law experts at Hospital Negligence. Although nothing can compensate Amanda and her family for the tragic circumstances they now find themselves in Sally was successful in obtaining £625,000 to help Amanda to cope with her health problems in the final years of her life.
Mother offers her kidney
Amanda was born with just one kidney and had been under the care of hospital consultants since her birth due to complications arising from a genetic disorder she is affected by. Amanda’s one kidney has never functioned properly and from an early stage it was predicted that she would require a transplant.
When Amanda was 11 her kidney function had deteriorated to such a point that she needed to have regular dialysis. At this point her mother said she would be happy to donate a kidney to save her daughter a lifetime of this treatment. The doctor at the time agreed this was an option that should definitely be pursued.
Family were not informed about positive compatibility tests
Amanda’s mother had the necessary tests done to check for her compatibility as a living donor. These revealed that she was a very good match and that there was a much greater chance of success with her kidney than one donated from a deceased donor.
However the medical records made at the time failed to note accurately that Amanda’s mother was a good match. Furthermore the information about compatibility was not communicated properly with Amanda’s mother so she did not realise the chance of success with a kidney donated by her was so high.
Failed operation five years later
Amanda was therefore placed on a waiting list for a deceased donor kidney and about five years later received a kidney in a transplant operation, which failed. At this point the possibility of a kidney donated by Amanda’s mother was reinvestigated and the fact that she was a very good match with her daughter was finally fully appreciated by doctors.
However due to the previous unsuccessful transplant an antibody had been introduced to Amanda’s system that meant it was more than likely her body would reject her mother’s kidney. It was now no longer possible for Amanda to receive her mother’s kidney due to failed transplant that she was incorrectly advised to undergo.
Amanda and her mother were devastated by this news and were left to come to terms with the fact that her life expectancy, and also the quality of her life, would be greatly reduced when things could have been very different.
Hospital Negligence’s Sally Leonards took on Amanda’s case and fought for justice on her behalf. Sally was successful in obtaining Amanda £625,000 in compensation to help her to cope with the health problems in the final years of her life.
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