Kidney Transplant Donor's Death Causes UCSF To Suspend Program

UCSF Medical Center in Mission Bay

Even if the UCSF program was halted due to kidney donor's death, further inquiries made on the matter will eventually make the kidney transplant program from living donors active once again.

The University of California San Francisco Medical Center has voluntarily suspended its donor program for kidney transplants after a donor died last month.

Following the death, the cause of which is still unknown and is under investigation, the hospital immediately notified the United Network for Organ Sharing.

The recipient of the donor's kidney is reported to be in good health, hospital officials told SFGate, and the "new kidney is functioning properly". The organization on an average carries out approximately 350 Kidney transplants in its region and out of which approximately 150 are done on living donors.

But the act of carrying out a kidney transplant out of a living individual involves some amount of fatal risks as well.

Kidney transplants may be obtained from both deceased and living donors.

"The safety and well-being of our patients is our top priority, and every effort is being made to understand what happened", read the statement from UCSF officials.

We worry about it every day (...) For a healthy person who goes under general anesthesia, there's always a risk.

Kelvin Sanders, 20, of Daly City, was supposed to undergo transplantation surgery at UCSF on Friday, but the procedure has been delayed. "We are deeply saddened by this tragic event".

The overwhelming majority of kidneys are donated from deceased individuals, though in many cases prove to be more complicated or less successful than living donor kidney donations. He expects his surgery to be rescheduled after the holidays.

Earlier this month, the transplant network put the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, Fla., on probation after the April death of a 40-year-old man who was donating a kidney to his ailing father.

The shutdown of the program leaves patients with kidney failure hanging. UCSF said in a written statement.

UCSF has more patients on the kidney transplant waiting list than any other USA transplant center as one of the largest kidney transplant programs nationwide.

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