Human Error May Have Caused Kidney Transplant Error in Pittsburgh

A Pennsylvania couple is suing UPMC Presbyterian, University of Pittsburgh doctors, a nurse, and the staff of the hospital’s kidney transplant center for what they allege is medical malpractice.  On April 6, Christina Mecannic gave her kidney to Michael Yocabet, her partner of 21 years.  Unbeknownst to both of them, Christina was infected with Hepatitis C at the time of the transplant and the infected kidney was taken from her and put into Mr. Yocabet.

The couple’s lawsuit alleges that the hospital, physicians, and others missed the results of the blood test that would have alerted them to this issue and, as a result, Mr. Yocabet received the infected kidney which could affect his health and potentially cause his death.

The hospital has said that they, “sincerely regret the human error that caused this situation” and that they have taken steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.