Kidney Transplanted into the Wrong Patient -- Luckily Without Apparent Harm

After transplanting a kidney into the wrong patient, the University of Southern California University Hospital has shut down its kidney transplant program pending an investigation.

While this may be a unique event at USC, mixups in transplants unfortunately pop up around the country on a regular basis, because of the lack of rigorous safeguards to check and double-check to avoid tragedies. In this case, luck prevailed.

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