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A settlement has been reached in the case of a botched kidney transplant at University of Toledo Medical Center, and the hospital must pay the family that went through that medical nightmare.

The family filed a lawsuit against UTMC last year after learning a nurse accidentally threw away a donated kidney.

On Wednesday, the court approved a settlement of $650,000.

UTMC has not released a statement about the settlement, but the family's attorney says they are glad to get the case behind them.

It all started in August 2012, when Sarah Fudacz was supposed to get a "perfect match" kidney from her brother Paul.

The family later learned a nurse mistakenly disposed of the kidney after a shift change. They went on to sue UTMC for gross negligence and recklessness, for Sarah's suffering through additional dialysis, and for the brother’s need to undergo painful and risky surgery.

The family's attorney says Sarah received a successful transplant three months after the ordeal and is recovering well.

UTMC released the following statement Thursday:

"The University continues to express our regret and sympathy that this unfortunate incident occurred. We apologize sincerely and have done our best to help those affected move forward.

 "We have worked hard to learn from this incident to improve patient safety at UTMC and have shared those lessons with other transplant programs and hospitals. The result has been a staff of dedicated UTMC employees whose top priority is to ensure that Toledo’s only academic medical center is among the safest in the country.”

University officials also noted that, per the agreement, the settlement is not to be construed as an admission of liability.


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