Live-Donor Liver Transplant Program Suspended At UPMC
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The live-donor liver transplant program has reportedly been halted at UPMC.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the health system suspended has the program as a precautionary measure.
Earlier this month, UPMC also temporarily suspended its living kidney donor program because of a case involving hepatitis C.
On May 11, Paul Wood, the vice president of public relations for UPMC, said, “This involved one case, one isolated case of a donor kidney that turned out to be from a donor that was hepatitis C positive.”
A person with hepatitis C can donate a kidney, but only if the recipient has hepatitis C.
The Tribune Review is also reporting that UPMC has disciplined two employees, suspending a nurse and demoting a doctor in the case.
The hospital says it has shut down the live liver transplant program now as well out of an abundance of caution and while procedures are reviewed.