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Kidney saga takes another grim turn for NY man

Associated Press Published: June 9, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Two weeks ago, Roberto Medina's sister died while undergoing surgery to give him one of her kidneys. Now, the ailing New York City man is leaving the hospital feeling traumatized — again.

Medina told reporters he was summoned to Montefiore Medical Center on Wednesday and told that a new kidney had been found to replace the one lost in the botched surgery on his sister, Yolanda.

People normally wait years for a transplant. But Medina said doctors told him he was rushed to the top of a waiting list out of sympathy.

On Friday, he was discharged with bad news: The agency that oversees transplants doesn't allow people to skip to the head of the line unless it is a medical emergency.

Medina said he felt "emotionally drowned."


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