The UCSF Medical Center has managed to reach a conclusion concerning the case of the four deaths registered after undergoing a kidney transplant procedure. The UCSF bared kidney transplant program after donor died. Up until now, the causes of death have yet to be determined.
It is particularly difficult to assess a situation when the life of someone dear to you is on the line. All over the country, patients, and their families are faced with hard choices when it comes to organ transplant. For some, there’s a ray of hope, but for other it is the end of the journey.
Concerning the incident itself, it would seem that UCSF’s medical board has decided that the program should be suspended until further notice. This decision has been reached following the November incident when a donor has died immediately after kidney transplantation.
Fortunately, the recipient of the kidney survived and the transplant is functioning. As to the cause of death, the doctors have yet to reach a conclusion. According to medical protocols, when such an event occurs, it is customary for the transplant center to cease activity in the case of living donor transplants.
However, the decision taken by the medical board will not impact other transplant programs. Although the living kidney transplant program was ceased, the deceased kidney transplant and the living liver transplant programs are still underway.
The UCSF medical center has even come forth in order to extend their sincerest condolences for the donor’s family. They also stated that efforts are being made in order to understand what transpired in that case.
Moreover, it would seem that this is not the first case when the donor dies in the post-operative period. The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network prepared a special report in which they stressed out the since 2009, this is the fourth unexplained death occurring in the case of living kidney transplant.
But even with these setbacks, the transplant programs is continuing to set record after record, being considered the largest organ transplantation program nationwide. According to their records, it would seem that through the British donor and transplant programs, approximately 350 transplants are being made each year. Moreover, it seems that half these transplant cases involve living donors.
And to top it all up, according to hospital records, it would seem that the UCSF and OPTN tag-team managed to secure over 10000 transplants since 1964.