When we step into a hospital seeking treatment, we rely on the experience and advice of the medical professionals who treat us. Especially when we are in very vulnerable states, we look to doctors and other medical professionals to give us accurate information, in order to protect us from possible infection or further injury. We look to hospitals and medical professionals to help, not hurt. However, according to the Clarion Ledger, when Ellecia Small and Kinyata Johnson entered the University of Mississippi Medical Center in order to receive organ transplants, they did not exit as healthy patients, they exited as the victims of medical malpractice.
Both Small and Johnson received kidney transplants from the same donor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2009. Small, who received her transplant in November of 2009 exited the hospital with a new kidney, which should have meant a new lease on life. However, three months later, she died. Johnson, the other kidney recipient is now partially blind and needs constant care. Both Johnson and the family of Small are filing separate lawsuits against the University of Mississippi Medical Center, as well as the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency for medical malpractice. Both parties are being represented by Joe Tatum, a Jackson, Mississippi medical malpractice attorney.
According to Tatum, when Johnson entered the hospital, "he thought it [the transplant] would help him, but he was better off before the kidney." As a result of the injuries he has sustained, Johnson has filed a suit seeking unspecified damages. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Small is seeking unspecified damages as well.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Smalls in the Circuit Court of Hinds County alleges that the kidney transplanted into Small came from a donor who had been diagnosed with encephalitis. Also according to lawsuit filed on Small's behalf, "Both defendants were aware that the kidney donor was infected with encephalitis before the subject kidney was transplanted into Ellecia Smith. And as a result, Ellecia Small, developed severe encephalitis, neurological damage and died." Although information regarding the specifics of Johnson's is not immediately available, it is likely that Johnson's lawsuit alleges similar instances of negligence.