Wife ac­cuses sur­geons of keep­ing her in the dark

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - FRONT PAGE -

The NHS trans­plant ser­vice yes­ter­day said no other pa­tient re­ceived or­gan or tis­sue from the donor whose or­gans gave can­cer to two trans­plant pa­tients.

Tom Tyre­man died in Fe­bru­ary af­ter his new liver gave him can­cer while Pauline Hunt has been di­ag­nosed with the same dis­ease af­ter re­ceiv­ing a kid­ney from the same donor.

Pauline and hus­band Gor­don, who got mar­ried while she was in hos­pi­tal, only knew an­other trans­plant pa­tient had died be­cause sur­geons in Glas­gow had to rush to re­move her new kid­ney. Mr Tyre­man’s widow Judy said: “Pauline and Gor­don knew about us, but we did not know an­other fam­ily was in­volved un­til the in­quest in Septem­ber. We only learned it was Pauline and Gor­don last week. We were kept in the dark. Com­pletely in the dark.”

Pro­fes­sor John Forsythe, med­i­cal di­rec­tor for Or­gan Do­na­tion and Trans­plan­ta­tion at NHS Blood and Trans­plant, said ev­ery pos­si­ble test was done on do­nated or­gans in the time avail­able. Yes­ter­day, the NHS Blood and Trans­plant ser­vice said no other or­gans had been trans­planted from the donor.

A spokesman said: “Our re­search has found the risk of trans­mis­sion of a pre­vi­ously un­di­ag­nosed can­cer from a donor to a re­cip­i­ent is less than 1 in 2,000 or­gans trans­planted.

“We can con­firm that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion found all pro­cesses were fol­lowed cor­rectly in this do­na­tion.”

Andy Welch, med­i­cal di­rec­tor for New­cas­tle NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, which runs the Free­man Hos­pi­tal, said Mr Tyre­man’s fam­ily’s con­cerns were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, adding: “This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently on-go­ing and the full out­come will be dis­cussed with them on com­ple­tion.”

Trans­plant pa­tient Pauline and Gor­don on their wed­ding day

Prof Forsythe


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