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Resource ID: #21211
Subject: Medicine
Source: CBS News 60 Minutes
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Date: March 16

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60 Minutes reports on the death of 17-year-old Jesica Santillan, who died on the operating table at Duke University Hospital while receiving a heart and lung transplant. Her death, a result of human and systemic failure, came about because her surgeon, Dr. James Jaggers, never properly verified whether the donor organs were of the same blood type of Jesica's. Cross-checking the blood type of the donor and the recipient is a standard procedure which was overlooked by the surgeon, nurses, assisting doctors, Duke University Hospital, and Carolina Donor Services. Jesica's death could have been prevented if the agencies followed national policy, instead of releasing the organs without first verifying the blood type.

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