Lorraine Hawks was married to her husband for nearly 36 years before he died while donating a portion of his liver to his brother-in-law in 2010 at the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. Hawks is planning to file a lawsuit against the clinic, which is affiliated with Tufts University, sometime in the next month.
“A donor, who is giving his liver to [his] brother-in-law, he dies. A donor [who] should not, did,” Hawks’ lawyer David Meyer told ABCNews.com.”The dangers associated with being a good Samaritan, I guess.”
According to a CNN report, Hawks became concerned about her husband’s treatment after receiving a Department of Public Health report that raised numerous red flags. Among Hawks’ concerns was the fact that her husband’s pre-operation EKG was abnormal, a high-speed blood pump in a nearby room was not used when he was bleeding out and the surgical team never activated a set of procedures called the “Massive Blood Transfusion Protocol.”
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/04/11/organ-donor-death-raises-questions-about-living-donors/