In NOvember of 2011, Jeannie Hylant gave a great gift to her co-worker, her kidney.
"It just happened," she told 13abc. "I wanted to help him out, so I went and got tested."
Her transplant operation was done at the University of Toledo Medical Center, UTMC, through it's live kidney donation program. It's the same program that is currently suspended after surgery was halted.
"During the process of the transfer from the donor to the recipient, the kidney became unusable," Dr. Jeffrey Gold, VP of Biosciences and Medical Affairs at the University of Toledo, said.
Dr. Gold didn't elaborate on the details, only saying it was the result of human error. For Hylant the news hits close to home.
"I know that the program had a hiccup," Hylant said. "I know that UTMC will get through it. Dr. Gold will find the answers and it's just good that nobody was injured."
Hylant calls the program at UTMC the best of the best. She says this mistake will only give doctors the chance to make it better. "I don't know anyone in any industry that does it right 100% of the time. After all we are all humans and we make human errors from time to time."
Right now the live donation program is suspended and an extensive review process is underway.
Gold says, "we're in the process of assessing now, how this occurred and we're committed to looking for safeguards to prevent extremely rare, unpredictable, human errors."
"It would be a shame if this program does not get back up and running," Hylant said. "I'm quite sure it will because there is too much good that comes out of it."
No word on the fate of the program. Hospital officials say it could take several weeks to finish the investigation.