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Hospital accidentally performs kidney transplant on the wrong patient

 A hospital has admitted to accidentally transplanting a kidney into the wrong patient in New Jersey  The mix-up occurred last week between two patients with the same name and around the same age, reported CBS Philly  Officials at the Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, said the 51-year old organ recipient was in need of a kidney transplant and had a successful surgery    But the day after the surgery, a staff member discovered the recipient was actually lower on the priority list based on the matching organ donor list  Reginald Blaber, executive vice president and chief clinical of Virtua Health, said the incident was “unprecedented” and measures have been taken to ensure this does not happen again  He added that mistakes of this “magnitude” are “rare” and admitted that “additional verification would have prevented this error”  The patient who was supposed to receive the errant kidney has received an apology from the hospital’s medical director and transplant coordinator  The patient successfully received a new kidney on Sunday, said the hospital.

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