February 08, 2019

Healthy senior dies after doctors reportedly misdiagnosed her with cancer and removed both kidneys

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A 73-year-old woman had both her healthy kidneys removed in what she claimed was the wrong procedure. Unfortunately, she died nine months after the surgery.

Linda Woolley, 73, was undergoing four hours of dialysis three days per week. She was waiting to be added to the national transplant waiting list.

She had filed a medical malpractice suit against the University of Colorado months before her death. She claimed the hospital had erroneously removed two healthy kidneys from her body.

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According to a Fox31 investigation, a biopsy conducted in March 2018 allegedly showed “no signs of malignancy.” However, two months later surgeons removed both of Woolley’s reportedly healthy kidneys.

The story received national attention. News station even received offers from potential donors unfortunately Woolley died on February 1.

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Before her death, she had encouraged people to donate their organs. She went on to add that even if they should do so weren’t a match for her O+ blood type explaining they could help others.

“People are wonderful,” she had said in an interview with Fox31. “It’s wonderful to see good things happen.”

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Woolley’s daughter, Heidi Haines was prepared to offer her a kidney. Unfortunately, the family revealed that Woolley suffered cardiac arrest and never recovered.

“I thought I was going to be able to fix it and now I won’t get the chance,” Haines said.

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Haines and her sister, Jodi Fournier broke the news of her death. They also revealed that they believed their mother would still be alive if her kidneys were not removed.

While alive Woolley had called the ordeal “terrifying.”  She had gone on to say that when you go to the hospital, “you trust that you’re going to be taken care of.”

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A spokesman from the hospital did not “have any information” about the ongoing case. However, the University of Colorado Hospital released the following statement after her death:

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones. We are committed to providing the highest-quality care for our patients. Unfortunately, we are unable to discuss any specific patients because of federal and state laws that protect patients’ privacy.”

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