SF GATE | Victoria Colliver
UCSF Medical Center has received the go-ahead to resume its living kidney donor transplant program after suspending it in December following the unusual death of a donor, hospital officials said Wednesday.
The donor died in November, shortly after the surgery to remove a kidney to give to his sister. UCSF officials said Wednesday that the death was found to be “coincidental to, rather than caused by, the surgery.”
The donor, a 28-year-old San Francisco man whom the hospital would not identify, lapsed into a coma and died Nov. 2, just over a week after the kidney donation.
The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, which oversees hospital transplant programs, recommended that UCSF suspend its program during an investigation, and the hospital voluntarily stopped performing the living donor portion process on Dec. 16. Continue reading