TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Dr. Michael Rees has been temporarily stripped of his director title after a botched transplant at the University of Toledo Medical Center August 10. Dr. Rees is still an operating member of the medical center staff.
UTMC voluntarily suspended their living kidney transplant program after a viable kidney set to be transplanted was accidentally thrown in the trash on August 10.
More than 970 people are now waiting to undergo living kidney transplants at the medical center because of the incident.
A doctor from Baylor is now in town conducting an external investigation for the university. University officials say it is not if the live donor program will be instated, it is when.
"The if is not determined by us, the if is determined by outside accrediting bodies. I think it is much more a question of when however, because every other program that I've known about that has had really serious problems, frankly far more serious than this kind of problem have ultimately been reopened," said Dr. Jeff Gold with the University of Toledo.
The university said Dr. Rees will remain a surgeon without his director title at least until the investigation is complete. Although the live donor program has been suspended, the medical center is still doing pre-op and post-op care for transplant patients as well as testing to match donors and recipients.
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