Woman infected by transplant considers legal action

A woman who infected with HIV and hepatitis through a transplant has filed legal papers asking officials to make the hospital and organ procurement group preserve papers related to the donation. The woman, who received a kidney at the University of Chicago Medical Center in January, is one of four Chicago-area patients who became infected by the transplant.

While the donor apparently tested negative for infections when screened, he was known to engage in high risk behavior. The woman is contending that both the hospital and the organ procurement group, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, knew that the donor was at high risk, but failed to let her know. If so, this would violate CDC organ donation guidelines. The guidelines also suggest that hospital should also have tested her for HIV immediately after the transplant, which she says didn't happen.

To find out more about the controversy:
- read this article from The Associated Press

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