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Kidney Saga Takes Another Tough Turn

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 7:54am

(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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