Medical malpractice comes in many forms. In this case, it resulted from a transplanted cancerous kidney.
This trial will be fairly long given the bizarre nature of this case. This medical malpractice lawsuit was the result of an organ transplantation that turned out to be deadly for the recipient. “The plaintiff is the widow of a man who died of uterine cancer after his kidney transplant. Yes, I did say uterine cancer. This is a very unusual case,” said Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.
The man who first received the kidney transplant suffered from diabetes-induced kidney damage and was on dialysis. Vincent Liew was on a waiting list for five years prior to getting a call in 2002 that a kidney match had been found. The transplant operation took place in February, 2002, but Liew’s condition did not improve. In fact, he was in unending pain and wanted the kidney removed. It was taken out in August of 2002.
At that time, the family was advised that Liew had uterine cancer; a disease usually limited to women. Doctors at NYU stated the chances of Liew getting uterine cancer was less than 1 percent, since he did not have a uterus. Whatever the statistics said, Liew died in September 2002 and an autopsy cited uterine cancer as the cause; cancer originally found on the transplanted kidney.
“Organs are not supposed to be donated if the donor died of cancer,” Monroe said. “Obviously, something went wrong at the donating hospital, which was sued by NYU for not properly screening the diseased organ.” Of course, the major question here asks how the transplant team could miss the fact that the kidney was contaminated with tumors.
Key evidence in this case was provided by Dr. Thomas Diflo, an organ transplant specialist who apparently found out vital information about the kidney’s donor. The NY Organ Donor Network indicated that the donor was a woman who died of uterine cancer and that the kidney was covered in tumors. Something obviously went terribly wrong in this case, and finding out who was at fault will take some time.
Mrs. Liew will no doubt be extremely worried about how she is going to pay her bills and continue with her life. She will be coping with trying to pay all of the medical debt from 2002 until 2009, when her husband died. Even if the couple had medical insurance coverage, chances are it ran out a long time ago. This case would be a perfect candidate for pre-settlement funding; an emergency lawsuit loan that lets the widow deal with her enormous medical bills and also keep current with the usual bills she would have to pay.
Litigation funding, also referred to as litigation financing, is fast cash that may be applied for online or by phone by calling a legal finance company. Once the case has been assessed and the lawsuit loan approved, it is sent on its way to the plaintiff by check or wire. Once the funds arrive, they pay their bills and then get to wait for justice to be done. In other words, they don’t need to accept any ridiculous offers from an insurance company.