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Hospital Suspends Organ Donor Program After Transplant Mistake

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- After the wrong patient received a kidney last week, Methodist Dallas Medical Center is now suspending its kidney and pancreas donation program.

Though the kidney was compatible with the patient, the fact that it went to the wrong person on the organ donation list, is an indication that something went wrong.  

"Obviously, the process was not followed correctly and that's what we want to make sure doesn't happen again," Kathleen Beathard, a Methodist Dallas spokeswoman said, according to ABC News television affiliate WFAA in Dallas.

The person responsible for the oversight has been terminated, and the patients awaiting transplants have been made aware of the program's suspension.
 
Beathard noted that if patients become eligible for transplants now, the surgeries can be done at other hospitals, according to WFAA. Until then, Methodist Dallas has instituted a corrective action plan to ensure the incident doesn't happen again.

The kidney transplant program at Methodist Dallas hopefully will resume soon, Beathard said.
 
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