A medical malpractice lawsuit was filed this week in Pennsylvania by the mother of lung transplant patient who died after he received the cancerous lungs of a 31 year-old smoker during a. Plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawsuit contends that the doctors at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania knowingly misrepresented the identity of the lung donor. The lawsuit also names the doctor who determined the lungs to be suitable for transplant and the organ donation program that provided the lungs.
I can’t speak to the merits of the case. But it is certainly a sad case. The Plaintiff’s son had had pulmonary sarcoidosis – a rare disease that can thicken lung tissue to the point at which it can no longer transmit oxygen into the bloodstream. To receive the gift of life after a transplant – which is always a risky proposition – only to lose it again is tragic regardless of whether the cause of death was negligence or simply bad luck.