You've got to be kidney-ing me: Saudi accuses hospital of organ theft
Saudi national Ali Al-Murshidi Al-Otaibi has accused a general hospital of stealing a kidney of his brother’s son Ghazi Naif Al-Otaibi.
Director of the hospital Dr. Shaher Al-Otaibi said he joined the hospital recently so he was not aware of the case. But he expressed his readiness to help any committee to probe the case.
Al-Murshidi said that two years ago his brother’s son Ghazi was admitted to the hospital after he was severely injured from electrocution. The doctor told them that Ghazi’s condition was extremely serious and that he had internal bleeding. They conducted surgery. After the operation was conducted, the surgeon told Ghazi’s family members that they had to remove the spleen because it was badly damaged.
Last month, Ghazi was injured in a traffic accident and was taken to the same hospital. The doctors said that he has to undergo surgery. Al-Murshidi said they were shocked when they were told that Ghazi lacked the spleen and the left kidney.
He said after the first operation they were told that the spleen was removed, but they were not told anything about the kidney. Al-Murshidi is demanding the formation of a health security committee because the matter is of criminal intent and not a case of medical error.