Nurse bins donated kidney by mistake

Sarah Fudacz, 25, was to receive her brother's kidney at the University of Toledo Medical Center last August but awoke without having undergone surgery because a nurse had accidentally thrown out the kidney.

Hospital staff had recovered the kidney from the rubbish, and Ms Fudacz said she saw it sitting in an incubator-like box, contaminated with biowaste and no longer usable.

"I saw the kidney and had a moment with it... I was thinking: 'This should have been transplanted into me’," Ms Fudacz told The Blade of Toledo newspaper last week during an interview in her lawyer's office in Columbus.

The hospital later helped Ms Fudacz find a new kidney and pay for travel expenses to Colorado for the surgery, which was successful.

Still, the Toledo family is suing the facility over the mistake, saying it deeply affected their lives and continues to cause them pain. And they say the kidney Ms Fudacz received in Colorado isn't a perfect match,