Jesica Santillan

Dennis Putnam dap1 at MINDSPRING.COM
Fri Feb 21 17:15:41 MST 2003


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At 11:54 AM 2/21/2003 -0700, you wrote:
>By now you've heard of Jesica Santillan.  She's the 17 year old girl in
>North Carolina who was given the wrong organs in a heart lung
>transplant.  This week a second set of organs became available and in a
>second operation were given to her.
>
>Somebody screwed up.  Someone didn't check to make sure the organs came
>from a person of the same blood type as Jesica.  Now  Fox News is reporting
>that Jesica has serious and permanent brain damage as a result of the
>botched operation.
>
>What should be done to the person or people responsible?

That is not quite what happened. The organs were indeed checked to make
sure they matched the blood type of Jesica as entered in her medical
records. Unfortunately, a clerical error resulted in the wrong data in the
records according to ABC news. While there is obviously a severe problem
with the cross checking procedures, surely you are not implying this was
malicious?
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